Kronstadt-fortress and the sea gates of the city

Cultural & Theme Tours in Russia

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Our unusual city located in the delta of the Neva River is built on 42 islands. So it is written in all the guidebooks. And it's true, but not really!Because there is another island about which the founder of the city Peter 1 wrote "Guard Kronstadt more than your life, do not keep it, Petersburg will fall!" A small island located in the Gulf of Finland drew the attention of Peter in 1704. On all sides, except for one-southern, it is  surrounded by shallow depths. . And  only in one place nature itself came to Peter for help, where is deep (17 m) and narrow (200 m) deepening on the seabed represents the only possible passage for ships to this day! It was here that the tsar built the first fort, and it was in this way that from 1704 to this day the enemy's foot did not go to St. Petersburg. This tour is for those who love history and the sea!
A guide will meet you at the hotel. On a comfortable car we will drive along the northern shore of the Gulf of Finland. Before the Revolution of 1917 the Grand Duchy of Finland was part of Russia and we will have time and an occasion to talk about this special time. After 20 km you will have a pleasant surprise, we will go right in the middle of the sea, because Kronstadt is an island, to which leads a dam protecting the city from floods. A magnificent view and sea air will not leave anyone indifferent. The dam appeared only in 2012, during the USSR the city was closed, because it had the main naval base of the country.We will see the embankment, the harbor, the palace built by Peter for his favorite and the first governor of Petersburg and Kronstadt Alexander Menshikov. Let's talk about the construction of the Russian fleet and see a place for the repair of ships, built by Peter the GreatHave you ever been to Istanbul, did you see the temple of Hagia Sophia? If not, do not be upset, because the Kronstadt Naval Cathedral, built in 1913, is its reduced copy and we will definitely look there. .Kronstadt was always independent and it was  the sailors of Kronstadt who raised the uprising of 1921, disillusioned with the Revolution of 1917. This time in our history was hushed up in the days of the USSR.As you can see, you can tell a lot about things and see a lot.    

What’s included

  • Driver/guide
  • Professional art historian guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

What’s not included

  • Food and drinks