Two prisons on the two islands

Day Trips & Excursions in Volga Region

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Each of the 42 islands on which St. Pereburgh is located has its own history and its secret. But two of them are related. Two terrible prisons, leading their history from the foundation of the city and to the October coup. Each island is unique, because it has not been destroyed. We will visit them today. The prison of the Peter and Paul Fortress and the prison of Shlisselburg, to which you will have to sail on a boat.
The guide and the driver will meet you at the hotel, from where we will take a comfortable car to our first stop-to the prison of the Peter and Paul Fortress.The new capital, conceived by Peter, began with the island. The Peter and Paul Fortress, erected on it, was built in three short summer months. Everything needed for the city was inside it-the church, the arms storehouse, the barracks of the soldiers and the prison. Without it, the new king could not rule and it was no accident that his first son, Tsarevich Alexei, was the first prisoner of this prison. Gloomy walls will tell us about many things and many people like the participants of the uprising of 1825, Maxim Gorky, Lev Trotsky, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Alexander Ulyanov. The prison was not destroyed, as was necessary for the new power of the Bolsheviks during the "Red Terror".Since it was a pre-trial prison, the investigation  lasted for many months.But in the history of the prison of the Peter and Paul Fortress ("The Russian Bastille"), not a single escape was successful! Without being justified, the prisoner on a boat was transported to another prison in Schlisselburg, where he was expected to be executed or sentenced to life imprisonment.And we'll go there by car, and then by boat. Otherwise, you can not reach this fortress, which is located on the islend in Lake Ladoga.  The history of the Shlisselburg Fortress, located in the place where the Neva River leaves Lake Ladoga, is too large for such a small island. The first victory over the Swedes was won here, the road of Life, which saved many residents of the besieged city, passed here. The remoteness of the island from the capital turned it into a convenient place for carrying out executions. Here was executed the elder brother of Lenin, a member of the group "people's will" Alexander Ulyanov. The "iron mask" of Russian history, whoever was supposed to be on the Russian throne instead of Empress Elizabeth Petrovna was imprisoned and killed here ...Each of the 42 islands on which St. Pereburgh is located has its own history and its secret. But two of them are related. Two terrible prisons, leading their history from the foundation of the city and to the October coup. Everyone on the island is unique, because it was not destroyed. We will visit them today to revitallize our history .

What’s included

  • Transport by boat
  • Professional art historian guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Transport by private vehicle

What’s not included

  • Gratuities
  • Souvenir photos (available to purchase)
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