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Peter and Paul Fortress (Petropavlovskaya Krepost)

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Address: Petropavlovskaya Fortress, 3, St. Petersburg 197046, Russia
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: Yes
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Built as a fortress in 1703 by Peter the Great, this building was used...

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.

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Peaceful and poignant

As other reviewers have said, lovely and peaceful to stroll round on a sunny day. If you do visit the Fortress you must visit the cathedral. The is the resting place of the... read more

Reviewed July 26, 2013
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed July 29, 2013

If you only have a day or two in Saint Petersburg, then make a stop here, but don't waste too much time... have a look, soak it all in and move on. There are far better things. Having said this, don't exclude a visit here, there is a lot of history and beauty to be seen.

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Heswall, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 148 helpful votes
Reviewed July 26, 2013

As other reviewers have said, lovely and peaceful to stroll round on a sunny day. If you do visit the Fortress you must visit the cathedral. The is the resting place of the Romanov tsars but the chapel that is dedicated to Nicholas II and his family is very poignant.

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Yankee in the South
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Reviewed July 26, 2013

The fortress is interesting but the tombs of the czars and their families including the last czar's are fascinating. After hearing the history of Russia and all of these people, it's fitting to see where they ended up.

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Thank divezuzu
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Reviewed July 26, 2013

Nice area with a relaxing atmosphere. Go for a stroll on the grounds - entrance to the area is free. Visit the church - buy your ticket in the ticket office to your left when you pass through the gates to the bastion. Don't visit the old prison - there's nothing much to see. Only go there if you know... More 

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New York City, New York
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Reviewed July 24, 2013

The steeple from the Cathedral from any where near the river. The fortress is interesting and the grounds are OK. The inside of the Cathedral inside is faux marble and nice paintings. I guess you should see this when in SPb. But if you are short on time go see the Hermitage or one of the Palaces instead.

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Geneva, Switzerland
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Reviewed July 23, 2013

Cross the Neva on a clear day and have a fantastic view on St P shore line especially the Winter Palace (Ermitage). You may enjoy a lunch at the Neva bank at the fish reataurant

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Panama City, Florida
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Reviewed July 22, 2013

Architecturally and militarily very interesting. As you walk the battlement you can understand it's dominance over navel access to the city. With in the fortress there are some very interesting museums and exhibits retelling it's military and political past.

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Burlington, Canada
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Reviewed July 22, 2013

Wonderful place to stroll around and get an insight into the grandeur of the tsars. Well worth the visit.

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Holbrook, New York
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Reviewed July 18, 2013

I wish I had spent more time here, but its a large place. the highlight is the ornate church with the remains of the Romanov families.

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Reviewed July 18, 2013

On a glouriously warm summer morning we visited the Fortress of St Peter and St Paul. It is a popular site, and no wonder with its strong unbreechable defenses built in1703, and this proved to be the forerunner of the city of St Petersburg. The fortress is not all bastions and barracks, as the golden cathedral spire dominate the island.... More 

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