St.Peter and St.Paul's Fortress, Saint Petersburg
the day they put the first brick to build the fortress,the oldest building in st petersburg,on the 16th of may 1703,is considered as the city birthdate.
it's very rare to know so exactly a city birtdate!
they prepare something great for the tricentenary.....in 2003...
on the gate,tsar's armory.a bicephalous eagle.
the cathedral with a very thin spire...built between 1714 and 1733.
its tower 121,8m high,as the admiralty tower, is the city new landmark....this new city "looking the so wanted europe",as peter the great's will....
inside the romanov's mausoleum...excepted peter II they are all here,since the last ceremony in 1998 when they buried nicholas II,his wife and their five children exhumed from ekaterinenburg.
This is the place where St.Petersburg was born.
Peter the great built the church, where all the czars are buried. The fortress produced coins first and then it was used as a prison. Nowdays, there is a cosy City Museum here.
VISIT THE FAMOUS ST. PETER AND PAUL CATHEDRAL on the Northern bank or the river NEVA.
This was Czar Peter the Great's first construction word! Later on it became a real citadel built of bricks and stones.
PURE BEAUTY! And... the oldest building there is the small wood house where Peter the Great lived (built in 1703) The little house is now IN a museum that was built around it! It was this Czar Peter the Great that came to the Netherlands to learn how to build ships and boats (see my St. PETERSBURG page.......)
The graves of most of the Romanov rulers of Russia from Peter the Great onward are buried here. The interior is over-the-top and a confectionary delight.
Almost every major holiday will involve fireworks and a rocket salute. People line up on both sides of the Neva River to watch teh launchings from the Peter and Paul Fortress.
Another great attraction. Plenty of little museums inside the complex, and walking along the fortress walls is fun as well. Gives a great view over the Neva river.
It's here where the city's histpry is considered to have begun and it also the heart of St Petersburg. It's a magical and beautiful place.
Another wonderful gold topped building in St Petersburg, unfortunately I am terrible at photography and couldn't get the whole spire in from up close!!
Here you will see the tombs of the Tzars. The interior of the cathedral has some beautiful artwork and decoration.
The exterior can be seen from just about anywhere in St. Petersburg.
This is where it all began. The fortress was built before anything else. It was for political prisoners.
The walls are very thick.
Here is a photo of a cell used for the political prisoners.
In the center of the nave is the gilded iconostasis.
Shaped like a triumpal arch, it symbolize the war & peace era.
What's most unusual here is that it has 43 icons & a few statues.
This is the tomb of NIcholas II and his family.
The supposed remains of the last Russan Czar and his family lies peacefully in the cathedral
This is the tomb of Peter the Great.
From the entrance, it is to the far right corner of the cathedral.
Unlike the exterior, the interior is lavishly decorated.
Be sure to look out for the tomb of Peter the Great and NIcholas II.