Peter and Paul Fortress, St. Petersburg, Russia


While planning my trip to St. Petersburg, Russia, I discovered the St. Petersburg Card, which includes free entrance to over 60 of the best museums in the city, free or discounted tours, and a rechargeable transport e-purse.  I purchased three of them, one for myself and the two tour participants I was taking on the trip, and had them delivered to the Comfort Hotel, where we would be staying, to save the time spent having to walk to one of the pick-up locations.  Anyway, one of the tours is a free hop-on/hop-off canal cruise, so we took that to see the Peter and Paul Fortress.

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The Peter and Paul Fortress was the first structure to be built-in St. Petersburg, therefore, its birthplace.  There are quite a few buildings,  museums, and exhibitions to explore, and the beautiful Saints Peter and Paul Cathedral, Russia’s oldest church and final resting place for most of Russia’s imperial rulers.

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The interior of the Cathedral was sumptuous!

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The only good thing about a rainy day when you’re traveling are the pretty umbrellas for photographing!

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The Museum of Cosmonautics and Rocket Technology was interesting if you’re into that kind of thing or for shelter from the rain.

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Even this doggie had on his rain jacket…

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Not sure which building this is, but like the flashes of color…

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Same with this…love the building color!

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The prison in the Trubetskoy Bastion at the Peter and Paul Fortress housed the country’s most prominent political prisoners in the final decades of Tsarist Russia.  Here’s one of the cells…

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I think the Fortress is definitely worth seeing when visiting St. Petersburg!

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