Founded by Peter the Great, Peter & Paul Fortress was built from 1706-1740. Designed as a star fortress, the historical monument is the original citadel of St. Petersburg. The fortress was used as a prison facility and an execution ground up to the early 1920s by the Bolshevik government. The fortress is now the most crucial component of the State Museum of Saint Petersburg History. Currently, the museum wholly owns the fortress building, except the St. Petersburg Mint structure.
The fortress is home to the Peter and Paul Cathedral, which is the burial place for all Russian tsars up to Alexander III. Only Ivan VI and Peter II were not buried at the cathedral.Places nearby:
The Russian Cruiser Aurora: The Museum Ship of Saint Petersburg 1 km / 0 mi
Faberge Museum: Priceless Easter Eggs 2 km / 1 mi
Peterhof Palace Gardens: The Formal Garden of Peter The Great 24 km / 15 mi
Tsarskoye Selo, Catherine Palace: A Palace That Looks Like One from Disneyland 26 km / 16 mi
Tsarskoye Selo Catherine Park: A Beautiful Park Immersed in Russian Glory 26 km / 16 mi