Peter And Paul Fortress
Open hours: 10.00 – 18.00 (till 22.00 during summer months)
Peter and Paul Fortress was founded in 1703 by Peter the Great, and further built according to the design of Domenico Trezzini. This is the exact place where the city of St Petersburg started, a small Hare island by the north bank of the river Neva.
Throughout the centuries the fortress remained to stay in the centre of many historical events. It is interesting that the fortress which was built to protect from the Swedish armed forced, has never actually used for such a purpose. But it was used as a prison for a long time - a lot of famous people spend some part of their lives there as well as the members of royal family after the February revolution.
Nowadays Peter and Paul Fortress is one of the most popular tourist sights in St Petersburg. Probably the most notable building in the fortress is Peter and Paul Cathedral which has the tallest bell-tower in the downtown. This cathedral is a place where all Russian tsars from Peter the Great to Alexander II are buried. Among other places of interest in the fortress one can name mint building, the Trubetskoy and Alekseyevsky bastions with their prison cells, and the city museum.
Throughout summer months the fortress is especially popular among citizens thanks to its sandy beaches. People of all age like to have a rest there. The other interesting thing about the fortress is that every day a cannon is fired from the Naryshkin bastion at noon. It’s a centuries-old tradition.