Peter and Paul Fortress
Situated on a small island on the Neva Delta across the river
from The Hermitage, the Peter and Paul Fortress is the oldest
building in St Petersburg. Planned by Peter the Great as a defence
against possible attacks from the Swedes, the fortress never served
its original purpose as they were defeated before its completion,
and the six bastions at its corners were turned into high security
political prison cells. The notorious dungeons held many famous
people, including Alexei (the son of Peter the Great), Trotsky, and
Gorky, and is now a museum. Other buildings in the fortress house
the City History Museum and the Mint. The midday gun is fired every
day from the roof, echoing around the city from across the water.
Also enclosed within the imposing walls is the Cathedral of St
Peter and St Paul, its distinctive golden needle-like spire visible
throughout the city. The first church in the city to be built from
stone, it has a richly decorated interior containing the tombs of
Address: Petropavlovskaya Krepost
Telephone: (812) 238 4550
Transportation: Gorkoskaya metro stop
Opening Time: The fortress is open 24 hours daily. The cathedral
and museums are open daily 11am-6pm except Wednesdays and the last
Tuesday of the month.
Admission: There is no charge to enter the fortress, but the
cathedral and museums require tickets.