A grandiose fortification with a lot of place's to visit inside
Peter & Paul Fortress or Petropavlovskaya Krepost in Saint Petersburg is located on Zayachy island and is the historical core of the city. It was laid on may 27, 1703, according to the plan of the engineer Joseph Lambert de Guerin from France with the drawings of Peter I. From this day, the history of St. Petersburg is counted.
Currently, the Peter and Paul fortress is part of the Museum of history in St. Petersburg. Every day at noon, a signal gun is fired from the Bastion of the fortress, and there are many different museums and other interesting places to visit on fortress area.
Peter & Paul Fortress guide
Peter & Paul Fortress location
From "Gorkovskaya" metro station — across Alexandrovsky Park in the direction of Troitsky (Trinity) Bridge; bus № 46. From "Sportivnaya" metro station — along Dobrolyubova Prospekt in the direction of Kronverksky Prospekt or by tram № 6 or № 40.
Peter and Paul Fortress opening hours: Admission to Zayachy (Hare) island: daily from 6:00 to 21:00 Admission to the Peter and Paul Fortress: daily from 10:00 to 20:00 Trubetskoy Bastion Prison: 10:00−18:00 The fortress closes at 21:00
All museums, information desks and ticket offices are closed on Wednesday. Ticket offices and exhibitions close an hour earlier on Tuesday.
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Peter and Paul Cathedral
The Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul is the oldest church in St. Petersburg, and also the second-tallest building in the city after the television tower. It is intimately linked to both the history of the city and to the Romanov dynasty, as it is home to the graves of nearly all the rulers of Russia since Peter the Great.
Trubetskoy Bastion Prison
The history of Peter and Paul Fortress as the main political prison in Russia began in 1718, when the son of Peter the Great, Prince Alexey was imprisoned here. In the late eighteenth the Secret House for preliminary detention of state prisoners was built on the territory of Alexeevsky Ravelin. One of its most famous prisoners was writer Feodor Dostoevsky. The Secret House was demolished in the late nineteenth century.
Museum of Space Exploration and Rocket Technology
The Museum permanent exhibition is devoted to the history of Russian cosmonautics and rocket technology and the role played by the Petersburg-Leningrad scientists, engineers, and designers in the development of this area of Russian science and technology.
Museum of Science and Technology
The exhibition features the rich collection of scientific and technological devices of the 19th — 20th centuries: domestic appliances, measuring and optical instruments, calculators, vehicles, and many more.
Museum of architectural ceramics
The exhibition narrates about the developing of decorative architecture ceramics and interior decoration throughout 18th — early 20th century. The collection, numbering more than 200 exhibits, features tile stoves and fireplaces, as well as rare façade decoration examples from the well-known St Petersburg buildings.
You can buy a ticket on our website and visit these and other places on the territory of the Peter and Paul fortress. We also offer you an audio guide that will tell you in detail many interesting facts about the sights of the fortress, and lovers of water walks will be able to look at the surroundings of the fortress from a boat from the Neva river.
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