Peter and Paul Fortress

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Peter and Paul Fortress was founded on May 27th , 1703. This day also marks the beginning of the city’s foundation. As legend has it, Peter I chose a special place for the new fortress – it was a small Zayachy island (“Enisaari” in Finnish), situated in the estuary of the Neva river. This location was perfect for maintaining Russian ascendancy in the Baltic Sea and becoming “the window to Europe” according to Peter’s strategy. The project of the citadel was designed by the Emperor himself with the participation of J.-G. Lambert, a French engineer. It is constructed in the shape of a hexagram - six curtains link six great bastions, named after Peter`s friends.

The Fortress never took part in actual war actions, but served as the main political prison for a while, back in the XIX century. It was during the reign of Emperor Alexander I that it was first opened for visitors. The centerpiece of the Fortress is the magnificent golden-topped Peter and Paul Cathedral, which became a burial place of the Romanovs’ dynasty. Other main sights include prison of the Trubetskoy Bastion, the Mint and Museum of the City's History ("Komendantsky Dom").

Peter and Paul Fortress is included in the State Museum of History of St. Petersburg. It is one of the greatest historical museums in Russia, presenting the 300-years history, culture and day-to-day life of the Russian Northern capital.

St. Petersburg Card includes free entrance to Peter and Paul Cathedral and the prison in Trubetskoi bastion. The free ticket is provided in the ticket office near the Boat House to the left of the Cathedral (under the arch):

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Do not miss an amazing panoramic view opening from the boardwalk on top of the Fortress walls - Neva panorama promenade.

St. Petersburg Card holders benefit from a special disount for "Nevskaya Panorama" promenade: 30%.

Free with
St Petersburg Card
Normal Ticket Price: 600 RUB

Address:
Peter and Paul Fortress

Closest metro station:
Gorkovskaya

Getting there:
Walking distance from the nearest metro station

Phone:
+7 (812) 230-64-31

Website:
www.spbmuseum.ru

Open hours:
Mon-Fr 10.00-18.00, Sat 10.00-16.45, Sun 11.00-18.10 Closed: Wednesday (October-April)