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!!
The St. Peter and Paul Fort houses the St. Peter and Paul Cathedral as well as the Mint. It is on an island in the Neva River
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.
Inside the Sts. Peter & Paul Fortress complex is an old prison where you can see for yourself the conditions in which these *radicals* and *dissidents* were held and tortured and...
Tour of the Peter and Paul Fortress
This fortress was one of the earlier structures in St. Petersburg.
They don't need Mediterranean sun, they can take a sun in March at home. The temperature was about -6C that day. Sometimes they are jumping in to the ice-hole in the river.