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“Not the usual type of fortress”

Peter and Paul Fortress (Petropavlovskaya Krepost)
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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.
Reviewed 30 August 2014

Approached by interesting old bridges either by foot or transport the fortress contains a cathedral with the burial vault for several of the Romonav family. The decoration, marble, gold and designs are stunning, again another completely mind blowing experience. If you have the chance to enter the small private chapel for a rendition from the small choir, go and experience a most moving feeling. These places are indescribable.

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Reviewed 30 August 2014

We went to the place in the morning and spend first half of the day. You can go there by Metro as nearby there is a station. It will take time if you want to check all the attractions inside as there were several church and Museums. The whole establishment is situated on the bank of the river. You don't need to pay anything to enter the area and roam around (which is very nice as well), but you might at least want to buy ticket to visit the church as several Russian Czars (including Peter the great) are buried inside. The interior of the church is astonishing as well. Apart from that there are several museums displaying belongings from medieval age. If you get hungry, there is a Burger King shop just outside the boundary wall. Overall this will be a very nice visit for you even if you just spend time to roam around outside.

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Reviewed 29 August 2014

Our first day in Saint Petersburg we visit this fortress and I was very impressed of the size and structural integrity it was built with. If you go during the summer time they usually host an international sand art competing and it is very interesting to watch them build and shape their art solely from sand. I highly recommend visiting the church where all the royal family are entombed. I also really enjoyed the torture exhibit as well as visiting the Trubetskoy bastion (prison cells) which explains in detail of who was imprisoned in each cell and how over time the cells changed to help accommodate the prisoners. This is definitely a must see since it is free to enter the fortress but each little exhibit charges a small fee. Also at noon everyday they fire a canon which traditionally began in 1873 and stopped after the revolution and resumed again in 1957.

Thank O57BOandrewb
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Reviewed 23 August 2014

Many people just sail around it, but it's worth a stop and a look inside - see all the royal tombs and learn about the discovery of the final, murdered, royal family, now in the fortress's chapel.

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Reviewed 21 August 2014

Most of the fortress grounds are part of St. Petersburg's Museum of History. The central attraction is the cathedral where many of Russia's emperors and empresses are interred along with Tsar Nicholas II and his family. The still working St. Petersburg Mint is on site. There's a popular beach and picnic site there as well. Besides the cathedral, the highlight is the jail where many of Russia's most prominent polital prisoners were held in the final decades of Tsarist rule. Among notable prisoners were Pyotr Kropotkin, Leon Trotsky, Maxim Gorky and the elder brother of Lenin who was hanged for the attempted assassination of Alexander III. Fascinating history. The site was restored after WWII.

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