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Guided tour of St. Peter and Paul fortress
If you are interested in the subject of Russian tsars and the imperial family – this place should be never missed! It is considered to be the birth place of St. Petersburg and the historical nucleus of the city. Saint Peter and Paul fortress is a unique open-air monument of history and architecture. Initially it was conceived as a fortress by Peter the Great to protect the Russian lands from enemy’s invasion.
Since the 18th century it served as a political prison for state criminals and revolutionaries and it is a paradox that it was Alexey- the son of Peter the Great- who happened to be its first prisoner.
After Peter the Great’s death it was turned into the burial place of theRomanov’s.
The relics of the family of the last Russian emperor Nicholas II shot by the Bolsheviks were reburied in St. Peter and Paul cathedral in 1998.
I will not only show you the fortress, but also narrate about the Romanov dynasty in general and the most outstanding representatives on the Russian throne in particular. We have much to share – in our history there were a lot of exciting, almost detective stories of palace coups and political assassinations. Peter and Paul Fortress is a wonderful place for strolling! Walk along the ramparts and admire the magnificent panorama of the Neva and the architectural ensemble of the Palace Embankment.
Duration of this excursion- 1-1,5 hour