Peter and Paul Fortress

Peter and Paul Fortress
+7 (812) 2300340
Peter and Paul Fortress
Petropavlovskaya Krepost 3

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Editor's review

Founded in 1703 to protect the fledging city of St. Petersburg from rampaging Swedes, the red walls of Peter and Paul Fortress were never needed for their original purpose. Instead the garrison was used as a jail for prisoners whose names read like a 'Who's Who' of Russia. Dostoevsky, Trotsky, Gorky, and even Lenin's bro, all did porridge here. Parts of the prison are now open to the public, although the main draw on the Fortress grounds is the splendidly-spired Peter and Paul's Cathedral. The tallest building in the city, the Cathedral is the final resting place of all the Tsars and Tsarinas, from Peter the Great through to Alexander III.

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Really cool place. A must visit.

Reply Jan 12th, 2017
United States

It really does smell like the elderly uncleansed! And some guy tried to convert me.

Reply Mar 8th, 2011
Rick Smith
United States

i think this was a terrible place to go. when i got there it smelt very bad like an old guy who hasn't showered in 3 days

Reply Mar 20th, 2009
United States

Simply splendid. Don't come to St. Petersburg and miss the Peter and Paul Cathedral!

Reply Feb 1st, 2007
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