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“Piece of history” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Cruiser Aurora

Cruiser Aurora
Petrovskaya Naberezhnaya, St. Petersburg, Russia
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Ranked #110 of 978 Attractions in St. Petersburg
4.0 of 5 stars 186 Reviews
Type: Ships, Museums
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Climb aboard this massive training ship which belonged to the Baltic Fleet and played a key role in the start of the Bolshevik Revolution in 1917.
Naantali, Finland
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“Piece of history”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2013

Unfortunately we couldn't get in(they were explaining in bad English something that you have to have a big enough group or something like that). We read the story about Aurora before, so it would have been nice to see it inside, because it looks impressive outside

Visited July 2013
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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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“Aurora: 1900s iconic monument”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2013

this is the definitive monument to the Russian Revolution. Built in the 1900s this grey naval vessel (a cruiser) has all the characteristics of that period. Straight funnels, 6 inch front mounted guns on the foredeck.
But it is the history of the Aurora that is important; her crew saw action in the war against Japan in 1905, then recalled to St Petersburg. In 1917 with her crew now having joined the Bolsheviks fired a single shot (blank) towards the Winter Palace, signalling the start of the 1917 Revoltion.
She seems slightly smaller than you would expect, and in comparison les of a threat; but the Aurora, and her crew changed world history.

Visited June 2013
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Florida
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“Do not waste your time going inside”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2013

The cruiser looks cool from the outside, but the people there are rude and the info about the cruiser was not presented well.

Visited June 2013
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Red Bank, New Jersey
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“Interesting Piece of Russian Military History”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2013

First, let me just say that after reading the reviews by others, I wonder how I lucked out for getting on board this vessel. Two of my group mates and I wanted to see this attraction and we walked over from the Hermitage in the early afternoon to make it in time to see it while it was open. There was a line to pay a woman at the end of the gangplank, collecting the money (300 rubles per person or $10 at the time - she was letting students on for the price of 100 rubles or $3). After that, we were allowed on for what appeared to be for however long we wanted to walk around. Pictures are allowed at no extra cost.

People are allowed on towards the stern although people are not allowed onto the actual stern. We walked along the port side, seeing the guns and looking into some offices that where on the deck. We went to the bow and saw the gun that fired the shot that started the Revolution.

Below deck there is a museum pertaining to the ship. There are blueprints on the wall which are in both English and Russian, but the artifacts in their showcases only have Russian signs. There was a museum demonstration, but I did not know what it was about as I caught the tail-end of it. No one, otherwise, was around to explain anything. There is a Russian Orthodox chapel there, but as always in Russian Orthodoxy, the iconstand was closed as priests are only allowed to the altar. Overall, it is a nice museum, but it would be more interesting if they had translated the signs. Luckily, as I wrote previously, the blueprint of the ship are indeed translated.

This has become a tourist attraction and along the walk on shore, there are a few souvenir stalls. Of course, they mostly sell the same items, but there you can find a book in several languages, including English, on the Cruiser Aurora. It looks like the typical souvenir book other places in Russia have, but it gives a decent history with pictures.

If you want to cross the Neva to the Peter and Paul Fortress and have time to walk another 10/15 minutes, this is worthwhile to do. It is living history.

Visited June 2013
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Wirral UK
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“Average ship, but full of history”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2013

Built in 1900 and now moored in St P as a museum ship. You cannot just pay to go on-board, but need to go as a group. We did not feel the need to go on-board, as it is the history of this ship that is important. It was one of the first incidence of the revolution. Seemingly Aurora refused to put out to sea when ordered to and a shot from one of her guns was the signal to storm the Winter Palace. All good revolutionary stuff. Many of the crew joined the revolution and a committee was formed on the ship. Aurora has her place in history secure, but visually it's just a rather dull grey boat.

Visited May 2013
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