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Peter and Paul Fortress

Peter and Paul Fortress St. Petersburg Russia

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Located on Zayachiy island on the northern side of the Neva River, the Peter and Paul Fortress is the city’s original citadel built in 1701 to defend the city from attack by Swedish forces (that never materialized). Today it is better known for its gilded cathedral, the final resting place of many Tsars including Nicholas II and his family. The extravagant tombs within the stunning Peter and Paul Cathedral are a highlight of a visit, but you should arrive early to avoid the daily crowds that make a close look or good photograph impossible.

The fortresses’ other great attraction is the controversial contemporary statue of Peter the Great by Mikhail Chemiakin, which depicts the Tsar’s “alter-ego” with a comically small head and long sinister fingers–said to be good luck when rubbed. There is also a strip of beach, which becomes packed with locals during the summer months. It is a great place for a picnic lunch with views across the Neva. The Ginza Project restaurant Koryushka, located within walking distance to the cathedral, is an excellent lunch spot before or after visiting the area.

Written by Nikki Ridgway

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