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Peter & Paul Fortress Ticket and 2-Hour Group Walking Tour

1. Peter & Paul Fortress Ticket and 2-Hour Group Walking Tour

From its very founding in 1703, the Peter and Paul Fortress (the original citadel of St. Petersburg) had been used as a prison. Ironically it housed a jail used by the imperial family to imprison political prisoners. Later, the Bolsheviks would use the prison for the same purpose. Your knowledgeable and friendly guide will tell you numerous stories and legends about Peter I and Catherine the Great, rebels against the Tsarist regime and then the enemies of the state. On this tour you will have the unique opportunity to visit the Peter & Paul Cathedral, the symbol of the city of St Petersburg. Every single Romanov Tsar is buried here. Now Nicholas II and the entire last Imperial family is also buried here, and this is the best place to come with a guide to learn about the entire Romanov dynasty through their family tree. After the tour, you can stay in the Fortress and continue exploring its grounds and museums or follow your guide to get back to the city center.

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Peter and Paul Fortress Tour

2. Peter and Paul Fortress Tour

The Peter and Paul fortress is the birthplace of the city and home to several museums, which exhibit the splendid history of Saint Petersburg’s foundation and growth. During the tour you will visit the main museums like the Peter and Paul Cathedral – the tallest building in the city center, where you can climb to the top, admire the incredible view and observe the work of the ringer. Then continue it at the burial place of members of the Imperial family – the Grand Ducan Mausoleum, have a walk across the Hare Island and see the Boat house, the Artillery Armory, the Mint, Engineering and Commandant's house, guardhouse and many other historical buildings.

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St Petersburg Highlight Tour

3. St Petersburg Highlight Tour

Compared to the ancient cities of Europe or Russia, St Petersburg, which celebrated its 300 anniversary in 2003, is relatively young. This is not to say that the city lacks in historical or architectural beauty. Built by the enlightened Tsar Peter the Great as his new capital, the city is considered Russia’s most European. It is a product of Peter’s attempts to make Russia as culturally important as other European states. Designed and build in one go the city is triumph of architectural and organizational balance, seeing it often called the Paris of Russia. A must-see of this beautiful city is the stunning Winter Palace. This magnificent green, white and gold building constructed in the Russian Baroque style was the official residence of the tsars from Catherine the Great onwards. Catherine the Great later added the Small and Large Hermitages onto the palace as a sanctuary for herself and her private art collection. The Hermitage Museum has grown from a small collection of paintings started by Catherine the Great in 1764, to a massive display of over three million exhibits. They are housed within the splendor of one of the world’s most spectacular palaces. The three floors cover a full range of art from ancient times, to Russian works and 20th century Europe. It also includes a fabulous collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings, set against the rich interior of white marble staircases, golden ceilings, crystal chandeliers and elaborate mosaics. There is the amazing Nevsky Prospect, the city’s busiest street, running for 2.8 miles (4.5 km). Today you can find it lined with modern restaurants, movie theatres, restaurants, together with the splendid palaces of the Russian aristocracy. Marvel at the beauty and immensity of St Isaac’s Cathedral, commissioned by Alexander I as the Imperial Cathedral, it took over 40 years to build and it’s easy to see why. Look forward to see the cathedral covered and decorated in the most extravagant manner with the Russian classic style exterior. The splendid interior adorned with red granite columns, exquisite mosaics, painted ceilings, sculptures, frescoe, and a beautiful stained glass window will leave you impressed. You will also have the chance to visit the Peter and Paul Fortres and the Cathedral of the same name that stands within its walls. The fortress was the first built on a small island in the delta by Peter the Great to protect his new capital from the Swedes. However it was also used as a high security prison for political prisoners. Among the first inmates was Peter's own rebellious son Alexei. The list of famous residents also later included Dostoyevsky, Gorkiy, Trotsky and Lenin's older brother Alexander. While within the walls you will also see the Peter and Paul Cathedral. Begun in 1703 it became the burial place of the Russian emperors and members of the Imperial family. The final place of interest is the Church of Our Savior on Spilled Blood, a rare and stunning example of a traditional Orthodox Russian church. Both the interior and exterior of the church is decorated with incredibly detailed mosaics, designed and created by the most prominent Russian artists of the day.

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What people are saying about Peter and Paul Cathedral

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 34 reviews

very infomative and helpful guide. excellent tour!

we have been told earlier not to visit peter and paul fortress without a guide, and they were probably correct. our guide pointed out so many interesting facts and told us so many interesting stories while pointing us to the real things at the fortress and its cathedral inside. the visit would have been a lot less interesting and less informative without her. highly recommended.

Interesting guide. Well informed and willing to give her interpretation of some contemporary events. Took us to places I've not been before in the Fortress (I lived in St. Petersburg for a year).

Excellent tour. I would recommend it as the price is good and you are able to gain far more insight into the fortress and cathedral versus going it alone.

A very good short visit

The guide was very good: Very knowledgeable, informative and nice. She was very helpful also in showing the mosque out of the premises.

Andrew was very knowledgeable and had a great personality.