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Peter and Paul Fortress (Petropavlovskaya Krepost)
Ranked #77 of 1,900 things to do in St. Petersburg
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 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.
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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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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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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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. Just to prove that it really belongs to the citizens, the island fortress has a beach, with sunworshippers alongside the River Neva.

With 20ft thick walls, this fortress was predicably enough, impregnable from outside attack - only internal cooperation would have made it possible to be taken. However those same thick walls that kept invaders out also served a pisonfor enemies of the Czar and later regimes with the Death Gateway (Neva Gate) being the final view for many.

Well maintained and very atmospheric.

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