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Explore one of St Petersburg’s greatest treasures on this 3-hour private walking tour of Peter and Paul Fortress. Accompanied by a knowledgeable private guide, head inside the imposing fortress, the city’s oldest building, constructed by Peter the Great in 1703. Walk around the key sites as you hear about their history; explore the Trubetskoy Bastion prison cells and museum; and visit the extraordinary Peter and Paul Cathedral, whose gilded interior holds the tombs of Peter the Great and Nicholas II and his family, killed by the Bolsheviks in 1917. Peter and Paul Fortress has held some high-profile criminals in its prison cells, including 'Crime and Punishment' author Fyodor Dostoevsky and Lenin's right-hand man, Leon Trotsky.
Walk on the bridges over the river Neva to get to the historic Peter and Paul Fortress. A building that had the purpose of defending the new conquered land from the Swedes and that with time it became a prison where many notable prisoners were held.As you travel, your guide will tell tales of the city and how it was founded with the construction of the fortress in 1703 at the behest of the Tsar, Peter the Great. On arrival at the fortress, stroll around its buildings with your guide while learning about their fascinating history. Hear how the fortress was built to defend against an incursion of Swedish forces that never happened, and how during the 19th century, the fortress was used as a prison. Peer inside the eerie Trubetskoy Bastion, one of the former prison blocks as your guide explains how it was used as a torture chamber, and take a guided tour of the museum that charts the lives of the former inmates. Visit the stunning Peter and Paul Cathedral, the imperious Russian Orthodox church housed within the fortress walls. Admire the soaring bell tower and gilded baroque interior, and see the tombs of several of the Tsars laid to rest here, including Peter the Great, and Tsar Nicholas II and his family, whose remains were buried here in 1998.
- All taxes, fees and handling charges;
- Professional licensed guide;
- Guaranteed to skip the long lines;
- Private tour.
- Guaranteed to skip the lines
What's not included
- Food and drinks
- Hotel pick-up and hotel drop-off
- Transportation by air-conditioned comfortable vehicle