Peter and Paul Fortress
Saint Petersburg, Russia
Peter and Paul Fortress Saint Petersburg Reviews
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.