Peter and Paul Fortress, Saint Petersburg

The mighty Peter and Paul Fortress has been the symbol of the strength of Saint Petersburg for many centuries. Today it is the home to the State Museum of Saint Petersburg History.

The original fort was established in 1703 by Peter the Great during the Northern War with Sweden to protect the fledgling St. Petersburg. At that time its bastions were mostly made of earth and logs. The Peter and Paul Fortress still stands today on the small Hare Island near the northern bank of the Neva River and never fulfilled its initial purpose.

The citadel was rebuilt from stone in 1706 at Peter's command and it took almost 35 years complete it. Architect Domenico Trezzini and engineer Burchard Christophe von Mimnich worked on the fortress and constructed the St. Peter Gate in 1718. The St. Peter and Paul Cathedral was finished by 1733. Situated inside the citadel, it was built for almost two decades and became the Romanovs family crypt. The bell-tower functioned as the city’s watchtower, stretching high in the sky. It is considered St. Petersburg's signature building today.

Many buildings appeared after the fort's thick walls were erected, including the Commandant’s House, the Engineer’s House and the famous Mint. A cemetery was established east of the cathedral, designed as the burial location for the most important figures of Russia's army.

Yet the most well-known part of the Peter and Paul fortress is undoubtedly the Trubetskoy Bastion - the infamous prison of Imperial Russia, where many renown people like author Fyodor Dostoevsky were convicted.

What is more, according to the centuries-old tradition, every day at noon a cannon is fired from the Naryshkin Bastion of the Peter and Paul Fortress, reminding all people in Saint Petersburg the time.
Peter and Paul Fortress, Saint Petersburg
Peter and Paul Fortress, Saint Petersburg

No video has been added yet

See it on following tours

Rating:
4.93
4.925087730388594

Two Russian Capitals

7+2 days / Small group tour
Moscow Saint Petersburg

EXTRA DAYS: Moscow and St. Petersburg. Two cities that define Russia's past, present and future, two bustling tourist hubs, and two symbols of Russia.

Rating: 5.00
From
$2,998

Classic Moscow & St. Petersburg + Golden Ring

9+2 days / Small group tour
Moscow Saint Petersburg

EXTRA DAYS: Explore the best of extraordinary Russia in small group, stay in outstanding hotels and go on sightseeing tours to experience the highlights of Moscow, St Petersburg and the Golden Ring.

Rating: 4.88
From
$2,957

Volga Dream + Free Flights

11 days / 5-star cruise
Saint Petersburg Uglich Yaroslavl Moscow
FREE FLIGHTS This is the most popular Russian river cruise from Moscow to St. Petersburg on board the luxurious ship MS Volga Dream with flight credit included.
Rating: 5.00
From
$3,598

Lights of St. Petersburg

7 days / Private tour
Saint Petersburg
Saint Petersburg, often referred to as Venice of the North, is a real must-see for every devoted traveler, as its many canals, fountains, streets and buildings each with its own history are truly fascinating.
Rating: 4.95
From
$2,076

MS Rostropovich Cruise

12 days / 4-star cruise
Moscow Kizhi Island Saint Petersburg
Popular cruise on board the 4-star cruise ship MS Rostropovich from the heart of Russia, Moscow, to its soul, St. Petersburg
Rating: 4.87
From
$3,171

Scandinavia + Russian Capitals

16 days / Private tour
Copenhagen Oslo Flam Bergen Stockholm Helsinki Saint Petersburg Moscow
Feel the beauty from the top of Sognefjord, see Venice of the North, explore masterpieces of The Hermitage, admire Kremlin and the Red Square.
Rating: 4.96
From
$7,795

Three Baltic Capitals + St. Petersburg

10 days / Private tour
Vilnius Riga Tallinn Saint Petersburg

Set forth on a journey of discovery around the splendid Baltic capitals: Vilnius, Riga and Tallinn and then make your way to the sparkling Northern capital of Russia - St. Petersburg.

Rating: 4.83
From
$2,999
Grand Tour of Russia

Grand Tour of Russia

Saint Petersburg Moscow Ulan Bator Vladivostok
Experience the best of Russia on the 5-star Volga Dream cruise and cross the Trans-Siberian on the luxurious Golden Eagle train.
Rating: 4.78
From
$20,590