Peter and Paul Fortress
Saint Petersburg, Russia
Peter and Paul Fortress Saint Petersburg Reviews
Here Is Where It All Began Feb 02, 2017
This familiar site you can see on my photo is site we saw when we arrive and last place we saw upon departure to Russian capital. Somehow, the island and his famous fortress is not be part our organized tour guide. Our tour guide was tell us many story and facts about this place. We simply could not miss it. When we arrive on island, everything (except the island itself) was close. During white nights, you must be aware of time. Nevertheless, it was wonderful experience walking inside fortress. We take lots of photos, chitchat with locals and other lost tourists (or simple budget travels). Even is wort of every single dime, it is very expensive country.
So, we walking around, reading the touristic information, try to remember what we heard that day from our tourist guide. Take pictures and walking, and all that again.
Some lessons from history:
On May 12th 1703, during the Great Northern War, Peter the Great captured Nyenskans, and set to replacing that fortress. On May 27th 1703, closer to the estuary (5 km/3 miles inland from the gulf), he build the Peter and Paul Fortress, which became the first stone building of the new city.
The highlight of our walking tour on Hare island is chilling on bench on Neve river and famous Neva gate from 1787, in one period through them prisoners were taken to their execution or to Schussleburg fortress.
The main entrance is the Ioanovskie Vorota (John Gate), the only part of the fortress in its original condition from 1717-18. There are statues of Mars and Venus in niches nearby. In the fortress is the Petropavlovski Sobor (Cathedral of Sts Peter and Paul) built in Dutch style from 1712 to 1721 by Trezzini, and reconstructed by Rastrelli and Chevakinski in 1750. The interior contains many important artistic works. Here are buried all the Tsars from Peter I on, except Peter II and Nicholas II. There are other interesting buildings inside the fortress, including the state mint.
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Be on guard Jun 26, 2016
A major attraction, the Peter and Paul Fortress may rightfully be deemed the city’s birthplace. Peter the Great (Peter I at the time) decided to raise a city in 1703 with access the Baltic Sea, affording the opportunity to raise a navy. The Fortress was one of the initial construction projects and played a significant role in events throughout the pages of St. Petersburg history.
The important point to recognize is that entrance is free. You may stroll the grounds for no cost, although all the good stuff is gated off until you cough up a few rubles. Our main goal was visiting the cathedral, but just to dodge annoyance we purchased “full admission” tickets for 600 rubles and quickly discovered a better spelling would have been “fool admission”. The first two buildings we attempted to enter waved us off because they were ‘private’ and required additional entrance charges.
For the record, Full Admission gains access to:
1) SS Peter & Paul Cathedral
2) Commandant’s House
3) Neva Curtain Wall
4) Prison (Trubetosky Bastion)
5) Ioannovesky Ravelin
.....and nothing else.
This was not totally disappointing because the cathedral is clearly the pinnacle (of course if you want to climb up to the cathedral dome there is an additional 150 ruble charge!). It is difficult to complain since Full Admission is less than ten dollars US, but we deployed this ticket to also take in the Commandant’s House and the Prison, both of which were less than spectacular.
There are a multitude of snack stands, several eateries and tons of souvenir carts sprinkled throughout the grounds. Also plentiful water closets and though many require payment, it is not difficult to find free bathroom facilities. Will add separate reviews on the attractions we visited within the Fortress.
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Nice Fortress Apr 08, 2013
The Peter and Paul Fortress is located in Saint Petersburg in the center of the city and lies directly to the river Neva. The fortress consist of different kind of buildings and is the original citadel of Saint Petersburg.
Inside the Fortress you can find the Peter and Paul Cathedral. This cathedral is nice decorated with a lot of paintings.
In another building you can find the formal jail of the fortress. Nowadays this is a museum and the rooms in the formal prison are decorated with the original items.
Another sight in the Fortress is the walk over the big wall of the fortress. From this wall you have a nice view over the city and the river Neva.
The State Museum of Saint Petersburg History is also located in the Fortress. This museum gives a nice overview about the development of Saint Petersburg.