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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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Type: Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites, Cultural
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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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“Worth a Stop”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2013

St. Peter and Paul Cathedral is definitely worth a stop as the burial place of the Russian royalty. I did not get to see all of the inside as services were going on. That was, however, an added bonus to hear the beautiful singing and observe the service.

Visited July 2013
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“Oldest and Historic Landmark in St. Petersburg”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2013

It is not easy to ignore the 123 meter (402 feet) high taper golden spire on its bell tower when you are travelling along the Neva River in the city of St. Petersburg. The Peter and Paul Cathedral is located inside the Peter and Paul Fortress in the Zayachy Island. The fortress was built in 1703 by Peter the Great to protect his new capital - St. Petersburg. The fortress was completed with six bastions but was never used to protect the city from foreign attack. It was then used as prison for political prisoners.

Due to our limited time, we could only go to see the Peter and Paul Cathedral. It is the oldest and most popular landmark in St. Petersburg. If you look carefully, you will see on top of the spire is an angel holding a cross. The interior of the cathedral has many painting of iconostasis. The vaults of the cathedral are decorated with paintings and gilded carvings on the marble pillars. The cathedral is lit by twelve large windows and chandeliers. Those crystal chandeliers also enhance the interior decoration of the cathedral.

Peter and Paul Cathedral is a historic center of Russia because it is the burial place of many of the Romanov Dynasty Tsars and Tsarinas. For two hundred years all Russian rulers including Peter the Great, Catherine the Great, and the last Tsar, Nikolai II and his family members were burial here.

If you have time, you should visit other displays inside the fortress. You need at least 3 to 4 hours to see them all. You can take photos and videos in most of the places. Smoking is prohibited by law on the territory of the State Museum of the History of St. Petersburg.

Visited July 2013
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“Resting Place of Who's Who in Russia's History...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2013

I loved this cathedral because of its historical significance as the 1st and oldest landmark in St. Petersburg. Built by Peter the Great between 1712 and 1733, I can just imagine him coming to this city, standing on this sight, putting his sword into the dirt and marking this exact spot that would become one of the most beautiful cities in the world. It is only fitting that inside this cathedral lies not only Peter the Great, but nearly every important Russian Emperor since, including Catherine the Great. It is also very moving to see the burial vaults of Nicolas II and his entire family, whose bones were dug up from their killing graves outside Ekaterinburg and brought here and laid to rest in 1998.

Visited October 2013
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“Real history”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

This gorgeous cathedral with its golden spire seem for miles around, has the royal family burials here and also a separate room for the last Tsar and his family murdered by the Bolsheviks.The cathedral has many very interesting items to view within and is well worth the visit together with the fortress.

Visited August 2013
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“Impressive Catholic Church where”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2013

Within the Peter and Paul Fortress is located the Cathedral of the same name where all the Russian Tzars and Tsarinas are buried.

From Peter The Great & Catherine The Great to the last Tzar, Nicholas II and his family, except for a few, most are resting here.

The church is central in the complex of the fortress and it is an impressive construction being the highest building in the city, due to its tall tower with a golden angel holding a cross on top. This is the symbol of St. Petersburg.

Visited October 2012
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