Peter & Paul Fortress

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Peter & Paul Fortress

The Peter and Paul Fortress is the historical centre of St Petersburg, the citadel around which the city began to take shape in the early 1700s.

In 1924, a museum opened here, while in 1956, the main structures of the fortress were turned over to the Museum of the History of Leningrad. Its cathedral is the burial place of all Russia’s tsars from Peter I to Alexander III, with the exception of Peter II and Ivan VI.

As well as the Peter and Paul Cathedral with its famous golden spire, the complex is home to the Grand Ducal Mausoleum, St Petersburg Mint building and the Trubetskoy Bastion with its grim prison cells. The fortress walls overlook sandy beaches which are often crowded, especially when a major festival takes place on the shore.

It’s a fascinating place to visit if you want to learn more about the history of Russia’s ‘cultural capital’.

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