From St Petersburg: Kronstadt City Tour
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The Kronshtadt district of St. Petersburg has played a leading role in Russian history since its first fortifications were laid in 1704. Located on Kotlin Island, 19 miles (30 kilometers) west of St. Petersburg proper, the city’s main seaport, it is also the traditional seat of the Russian Admiralty. Founded by Emperor Peter the Great as a maritime fortress and naval base, the port is ice-bound for 140–160 days of the year, from the beginning of December through April. A large proportion of the inhabitants are sailors, adding to the maritime atmosphere. During your tour, you will walk along the banks of Kronshtadt with a private guide, and enjoy the splendor of the Naval Cathedral, once the main lookout with a reach of some 28 miles (45 kilometers). You will also explore one of the original “forts” - actually fortified artificial islands in the Gulf of Finland.
Discover the picturesque and historically significant city of Kronstadt, a unique fortress town situated on the island of Kotlin, and admire panoramic views across the Finnish Gulf. Listen as a knowledgeable guide tells you the fascinating history of the city, as you visit highlights including the splendid Naval Cathedral together. Learn about the Kronstadt fortress, strategically located there by Emperor Peter I to protect St Petersburg from its enemies. Explore the fort of Konstantin, and climb its bastions to enjoy spectacular views over the Baltic Sea. Find out about the dam, and how St Petersburg used to protect itself from floods. See the old Kronstadt Admiralty walls, and learn about captivating Russian naval history such as the interesting story of the rescue boat Pilot, built in Kronstadt in 1864. Gain an insight into the scientific history of the city, as your guide tells ...
Start with pickup from your hotel in St Petersburg and travel to the town of Kronstadt, situated on the small island of Kotlin in the eastern part of the Gulf of Finland. Explore this former strategic military port, with a history dating back to 1704, when it was founded by Peter the Great. Explore the city on a guided walking tour making stops at Vladimir Cathedral, the Italian Palace, and the Peter’s Dry Dock construction. Visit the Naval Cathedral of Saint Nicholas built between 1903 and 1913. This is considered to be the main church of the Russian Navy and is dedicated to all naval servicemen. Next, embark on a boat tour to the Kronstadt Sea Fortress which was once the most fortified port in the world. Formerly, there were 42 such forts, situated inline between the southern and northern shores of the Gulf of Finland.
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We really liked seeing another facet of Saint Petersburg. Our guide has been excellent and we have learned a lot from her.
it is a fortress island from the old Russia, worth seeing above all the church and the customs port
a piece of Russian history with an exceptional guide! Thank you!!