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Peter and Paul Fortress (Petropavlovskaya Krepost)
Petropavlovskaya Fortress, 3, St. Petersburg 197046, Russia
(812) 230-64-31
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Ranked #49 of 976 Attractions in St. Petersburg
Type: Historic Sites, Museums, Cultural
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Built as a fortress in 1703 by Peter the Great, this building was used instead as a political prison under the czars, and houses the City History Museum, the Mint, and the Peter and Paul Cathedral.
Rome, Italy
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“must see”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2012

This place is vast and you need to spend a little time there to see it all. This is a wonderful and beautiful place to visit.

Visited August 2012
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“Nice place, but extra charges are annoying”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2012

The fort and bastion prison are interesting. The Church was being restored so had a limited view.
Annoyed that most of the sights had extra charges on them and needed tickets even the ramparts which is part of the reason for going. Still worth the visit.

Visited November 2012
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“One of the Highlights of our Trip to St Petersburg”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2012

Located via two bridges from The Hermitage and about a 30 minute walk ( or 5 minute taxi ride providing there is not to much traffic) which incorporates the Strelka and some of the best views of St Petersburg.
The fortress is the last resting place of the Romanov dynasty including Peter the Great and Nicholas II the last czar and his family. The fortress offer's so much more to view including the Trubetskoy Bastion which was an infamous prison with such infamous inmates as Trotsky. A walk along the ramparts is a must, and some of the best views are from there. The grounds are extensive and you can walk around both inside and out. On the River Neva side there are a number of sunbather's who leave little to the imagination ! Allow at least half a day if you want to explore.
If you have more time there is many other sites to explore in the surrounding areas. We enjoyed a very good day out and it is recommended.

Visited May 2012
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“Tombs of the Tzars”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2012

This building has more gold...gold statues, gold alters, gold trim. There are the tombs of the tzars. We toured this building while on a tour with TJ Travel. We arrived in St. Petersburg on a cruise ship.

Visited August 2012
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“Fortress of Peter and Paul.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2012

First sight of Peter and Paul fortress and the golden spire of the Cathedral indicates the importance of this stragetically sited fortress.
Used more as a prison than a fortress built to defend the city, this was the work of Peter the Great. Peter is interred in the Cathedral along with most the Romanov's at the front of the church.
There is a recreation of a small sailing boat said to be the favourite of Peter and used when he was a young man.
This is a big area with many options to take and see. Our guided tour shortchanged us here and it is worth asking for some generous time in this interesting area.
The 100 year old battleship "AURORA" is moored nearby and worth a few photographs!

Visited August 2012
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