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“Splendid View, Unparalleled Romanov History” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Peter and Paul Cathedral

Peter and Paul Cathedral
Kronverkskaya naberezhnaya, Peter and Paul Fortress, Zayachii Ostrov 6 | Zayachii Ostrov, St. Petersburg, Russia
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Grand Tour of St Petersburg
Ranked #46 of 1,160 things to do in St. Petersburg
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Owner description: The oldest and one of the tallest buildings in St. Petersburg is popular for the spectacular view provided by the thin, gilded needle-like spire rising from its bell tower. The graves of nearly all Romanov rulers since Peter the Great are here.
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“Splendid View, Unparalleled Romanov History”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2013

Between the final resting places of the Czars (reminds me of the Papal resting places in Rome) and the majestic fortress protecting Peter's westernized capital for his empire, this is a must see!

Visited July 2012
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“Good for Tsar history information”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2012

Useful with the audio tour so you know who is buried where. Part of the St Peter and Paul Fortress, which is well worth the visit and the cost of the combined ticket. The Cathedral is interesting to visit and especially interesting to those interested in the Tsars of Russia.

Visited December 2012
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“See the Romanovs' remains”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2012

A great historical spot, a must visit when in St Pete. Undergoing some repair work, make sure to check on dates and times some of the other fortress museums are open. Typically, Wed is an off day at the Cathedral itself

Visited December 2012
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“Peter and Paul Cathedral”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2012

It is the final resting place of tsars and tsarinas of Russia. From Peter the Great, both Catherines, Elizabeth, all three Alexanders (Paul, Peter III, Anne), both Nicholases and Nicholas II and his family with the exception of Alexey and Maria are buried here. Fresh cut flowers brought by adoring Russians can be found on Peter's and others sacophagi. Peter the Great's carrara marble sarcophagi and bust is prominent as is Alexander II and his wife Maria's stone monolith delicately carved and adorned with valuable stones including gray/green Altai Jasper. The exterior of the church was inspired by western architecture notably Protestant churches. The gold gilded neddle spire which rises 404 feet above ground level with a flying angel bearing a cross is the highlight. The Baroque interior of the 17th church has a green and gold leafed backdrop. The walls display biblical themes and are of a decorative pilaster with ornate cherub heads on the windows and show stopping icons on the walls. The church is a reflection of Peter the Great's vision of bring western Europe to Russia. A monk choir chanting Gregorian chants can sometimes be heard, as well as, the carillon bell tower playing "Hymn of the Soviet Union" and others. With the purchase of a St. Petersburg City History Museum ticket the Fortress, Catherdral and other builds can be seen.

Visited April 2012
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“Beautiful cathedral loaded with history”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2012

The outside is surprisingly diminutive in the large fortress but the inside was spacious and looked tropical (it even had a live potted palm tree) The bright green ceiling and the "sunny" glittering gold gave the room a bright tropical feeling quite surprising in this northern climate. The interior was under major reconstruction in June 2012 but it is still worth going to see the architecture and opulent decor. The sarcophagus of the many Tzars buried here. You can read more about it at my blog www.mytb.org/kelleygirl

Visited June 2012
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