We offer 3-hour coaching and guided tour through the city with visiting of Peter and Paul Fortress.
A little bit about Peter and Paul Fortress:
Peter the Great founded the city of St. Petersburg in 1703 and the very first building to be constructed was the Peter and Paul Fortress. Today the fortress is one of St. Petersburg's major tourist attractions and has become the emblem of the city. It is also home to the headquarters of the St. Petersburg City History Museum, which displays collections throughout the fortress complex. Your entrance ticket to the museum allows you to visit the Peter and Paul Cathedral (where all of Russia's Emperors from Peter the Great to Nicholas II are buried), the Commandant's House featuring the city history collection and various temporary exhibitions.
The Peter and Paul Fortress was the first structure to be built in Peter the Great's newly founded city of St. Petersburg in May, 1703. Located on one of the city's 42 islands, the fortress has six bastions named after some of the prominent individuals who supervised their construction, including one dedicated to Tzar Peter himself. The original walls were built of clay and the present-day brick walls were added later between 1706 and 1740. All construction work on the fortress was carried out under the close supervision of St. Petersburg's first architect Domenico Trezzini and the Tzar himself. Construction on The Peter and Paul Cathedral began in 1712, but was only completed some 21 years later in 1733, eight years after Peter the Great's death. For a long time the Cathedral was the city's main church and until 1917 it was the burial and resting place of the Russian tzars. Though ideally positioned to sustain an enemy attack, the fortress was never actually involved in any fighting. It was, however, used to house the city garrison and a section of the complex was soon converted into a high security political prison. Peter the Great's rebellious son Alexei was its first inmate. The fortress soon began to play a significant role in the lives of the people of St. Petersburg. Not only did it help them to keep track of the time with its traditional 12 o'clock cannon shot, introduced by Peter the Great himself, but blank cannon shots fired from the fortress also helped to warn of the infamous floods that have always threatened the lives and property of the city's residents In 1917 the fortress became one of the city's major revolutionary centers. On October 26, 1917 members of the Provisional Government were arrested at the Winter Palace and brought to the Peter and Paul Fortress. These deputies were to be some of the last inmates of the Old Regime's infamous political prison. During the Soviet era the fortress was turned into a museum. In 1932 the Gas Dynamics Laboratory was built into the complex and was to witness some of the first Soviet rocket engines ever to be built. During the Blockade of 1941-44, when the entire city of Leningrad was under siege from Nazi troops, the fortress was severely damaged but was subsequently restored to its former glory.
Maximum number of people is 40 for this excursion.
Day off is Wednesday.
The prices include transfer and guide's service.
The entrance ticket 500 RUB per person.