Peter and Paul Fortress: the city's place of birth

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Peter and Paul Fortress: the city's place of birth

Formerly a prison, this citadel is today a promenade. One can even swim on its beach.

The construction of the Peter and Paul Fortress, at the mouth of the Neva, was inaugurated by Peter the Great. Begun in 1703 on swampy ground hundreds of workers perished it protected the city during the war with Sweden. It was later transformed into a political prison.

Today, we can visit the magnificent Peter and Paul Cathedral, which contains several tombs of the imperial Romanov family. Its spire, which rises to 122 metres, is one of the symbols of Saint Petersburg. You can also visit the dark dungeons of the Trubetskoy Bastion, where enemies of the regime were locked up. Other sites in the eight-museum complex include the Monument to the Heroic Defenders of Leningrad, the Museum of Printing, and the Saint Petersburg Museum of Avant-garde (Matyushin's House).

The nearby beach is very busy during the summer. In winter, brave souls break the ice and take an invigorating dip…

Peter and Paul Fortress
Zayachy Island
Saint Petersburg 197046

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