The original Peter and Paul Fortress
Located on the banks of the beautiful Neva River, the towering Peter and Paul Fortress dominates the skyline of St Petersburg. Built in the 18th century, the fortress is a must-see attraction if you are interested in history. The fortress was the city’s first building making it the birthplace of the city. It houses the Peter and Paul Cathedral and inside you will find the St. Petersburg Museum of History.
Tour the oldest cathedral in St Petersburg
Of the many historic churches and cathedrals in the city, the Cathedral of St. Peter and Paul is the city's oldest, dating back to 1712. It’s majestic bell tower stretches up to make the cathedral the second tallest building in St. Petersburg, showing off incredible architecture with its flying angel figurine and splendorous interior.
Back to the 1700’s
Inside the fortress’ walls is the city’s history museum, which has many interesting exhibitions that will take you back to 18th century Russia. Admission tickets can be bought at the ticket office near the Ioannovsky Gate or at the Boathouse by the cathedral. When inside make sure you don’t miss a trip to the prison. It has held some high-profile criminals in its cells, including 'Crime and Punishment' author Fyodor Dostoevsky and Lenin's right-hand man, Leon Trotsky. The cells were reserved for political prisoners and were last used during the Kronstadt Rebellion.
A brilliant Russian city with a fascinating history, St Petersburg is the perfect destination for culture seekers and history buffs. Just across the river from the Peter and Paul Fortress is the Radisson Sonya Hotel, St. Petersburg, an ideal place to stay when looking for central accommodation.