Peter and Paul Fortress
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Peter and Paul Fortress, best tours and attractions

Built by order of Peter the Great between 1706 and 1740, The Peter and Paul Fortress is the citadel of the city of Saint Petersburg and it is built on...

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Explore the most notable places in Saint-Petersburg with a private local guide for 3 hours. Get a unique experience to delve into the histor...

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3 hours
Available in: English
Walking tours

Explore the most notable places in Saint-Petersburg with a private local guide for 4-hours. Get a unique experience to delve into the histor...

Duration
4 hours
Available in: English
City tours

During this driving tour you will admire panoramic views over the Neva and beautiful central squares as you drive down the central prospects...

Duration
6 hours
Available in: English
Walking tours

This walking tour is affordable, visa-free and, worry-free! It includes transfers to and from the port where your cruise docks and you don't...

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4 hours
Available in: English
Museums

Discover Saint Petersburg at its best. This tour includes all the sights you need to cover and gives enough time for taking pictures and sho...

Duration
48 hours
Available in: English

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The inside story

Built by order of Peter the Great between 1706 and 1740, The Peter and Paul Fortress is the citadel of the city of Saint Petersburg and it is built on an island along the river Neva. It is a defensive star fortress, erected according to the projects of the Swiss Italian architect Domenico Trezzini. The main purpose of the structure was defensive, but the fort never fulfilled its martial purpose. Part of the fortress became a prison during the 18th century, and continued this function after the Bolshevik revolution.

Today the Fortress is one of Saint Petersburg's most famous touristic landmarks, hosting the State Museum of Saint Petersburg History. At the center of the complex rises the Peter and Paul Cathedral, with its 122 meter high bell-tower, which is the burial place of all Russian tsars from Peter I to Alexander III, with the only exception of Peter II and Ivan VI. The still functioning Saint Petersburg Mint is also on the island.

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Peter and Paul Fortress Peter and Paul Fortress, Saint Petersburg, Russia, 197046 Saint Petersburg
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