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Peter and Paul Fortress (Petropavlovskaya Krepost)
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Private Walking Tour: History of Saint Petersburg
Ranked #25 of 1,781 things to do in St. Petersburg
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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.
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 5, 2013

This was part of our included tour so I do not know if there is an entrance fee. Once you get inside it is beautiful!. All of the Tsars since Peter the Great have been buried there. There is a cannon that gets fired at noon. This was one of my favorite spots in St. Petersburg.

Visited September 2013
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“A complex of historical building where St. petersburg began”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 30, 2013

This is a must see place in St. Petersburg. It is full of history as many other attractions in the city, but here is actually were the city began.

Peter The Great decided to build a fortress in order to protect the area in the river Neva that was disputed with the Swedish, and which he had take possession. A measure in order to avoid future attacks from them.

The place has as central building the peter & Paul Cathedral and a building that used to be a garrison and also served as a jail for political prisoners, where many notorious Russians were held.

There are other attractions as a wax museum and an area for exhibitions as well as facilities like a cafe. In the nearby area around the fortress enjoy walking and appreciating the view of the river.

Visited October 2012
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Deal, United Kingdom
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“Resting place of the Tzars”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 28, 2013 via mobile

The cathedral is a beautiful and moving place, which is a resting place for the Russian Tzars. Well worth a visit inside to see the tombs and crests of the Romanov dynasty

Visited August 2013
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London, England, United Kingdom
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“Great little Island ---fab fort”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 21, 2013

This is a free entry to the island place ! The island is lovely and access is by a lovely old bridge...there is a fantastic restaurant on the island called KOPIOWKA and it is probably the best food I have ever eaten ! I had Salmon on two evenings with pan fried potatoes and mushrooms...and I'd that was just heaven, I followed on with the meringue afters ...and floated back to the hotel ! Yum.. However, on the third night we had a language problem and ended up with a main meal between two ( as we had ordered the same thing ) ... But hey, there is enough did two !
The fortress is superb...and such history..and it is on a lovely beach...
All worth a trip and the restaurant is the best one I tried in 5 days ( went back 3 times )

Visited September 2013
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“Quite interesting....”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 21, 2013

Well, it´s a historical site. You can walk through the fortress, after buying the ticket you´re allowed to go to Peter and Paul Cathedral, which is really lovely and full of light. It is also a place of last
rest of the tsars. You can also go to the museum of Trubecky bastion, which used to serve as a prison for politically arrested person - is interesting, but you won´t see nothing more than the cells and beds....and if you´re not a specialist for russian pre-communist history, I don´t think you´ll recognize the names of prisoners. We also wanted to have a look to the city with Winter Palace from another bastion, but we realize we´ll have to pay againg....the saummary is: if you have a free day and the weather is pleasant, stay one day here. You can always cross the bridge and you´ll find Kronberk - the museum of army, which is very interesting.

Visited September 2013
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