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Brooklyn, New York
July 23, 2001
This place takes a long time to get through--I think it'd take a good day to get through. The maps are really confusing and it's hard to find your way around.
The absolute coolest part was that Nicolas II's tomb is located there, but at the time I was there, it was "closed for renovations" (you'll hear that a lot in Russia). But I was told it would be open by August 2000. Many of the other Romanoff's have been laid to rest there.
I would recommend taking the Metro and maybe a bus. I took the Metro there and got really lost and wandered for quite some time, because it doesn't drop you off that close.
From journal Studying Abroad in Peter
Moscow, Moskva, Russia
August 31, 2010
From journal One of the most amazing cities
May 17, 2009
From journal Cruise to the Baltic States and St. Petersburg
London, United Kingdom
August 6, 2007
From journal St. Petersburg in all its Faded Glory
January 5, 2001
From journal Culture and Art tour of St. Petersburg
April 3, 2002
There were so many things to do and see here! In the center of the fortress stands the SS Peter and Paul Cathedral. It is here that every Tzar from Peter the Great to Alexander III are buried except for Nicholas II. The interior of the Cathedral is absolutely amazing. One of the first you see when you walk in the front are the tombs of Peter the Great and Catherine I. Everything in this Cathedral resembles royalty in the highest form. As you move through the Cathedral you will approach something like a coin museum of some type.
Also in the fortress is a prison that you are able to tour. The prison is called Trubetskoi Bastion At one time it held some of the most dangerous political prisoners of Russia. These included, the Decembrists, Dostoevsky, Lenin's brother, and the writer Maxim Gorky. I actually stood in the cell that Lenin’s brother once spent his days. The prison is dark and gloomy. The cells contained nothing but a metal bed and table and a tiny window.
Among other things to see, is the statue of Peter the Great with a very tiny head. This statue was at one time the center of a huge controversy, because of the size of Peter's Head. I found that many Russians want to get pictures of them sitting in Peter the Great's Lap. So I figured, "When in Rome..." Also there is an area where you can walk along the top of the fortress. If you have time I would suggest doing it. You will get a great view of the city with the Neva River right below you. I grabbed some Russian Bliny (similar to pancakes) and ate at the top looking out at this great city.
From journal The Mysterious Land of Russia: St. Petersburg
July 15, 2001
From journal The city of marvelous nights
Cinnaminson, New Jersey
February 19, 2001
This fortress is located right on the bank of the Neva river and you can still see on the wall facing the river the marks of the water levels in the city when the city was flooded in the 19th century. Now the river is taken into channels and its level does not increase as significantly as it did back then. The fortress used to be a political prison during the 19th and beginning of the 20th centuries. This was the place of imprisonment of the Decembrists (dekabrists - in Russian). Decembrists were Russian nobles who in December of 1825 organized a revolt against the tzar Nicolas I. They basically didn't want anybody to be poor. The revolt was overturned, 5 leaders were executed, hundreds spend their lives in the Siberia. Several wives followed their husbands to Siberia and spent their lives there. Also Dostoevsky spent some time in this prison. The jail cells were moist and damp, and many prisoners got sick with tuberculosis here. There were also mice and rats in the cells. Yet people were studying and writing and not giving up. The fortress also has a canon that sounds off 12 o'clock noon every day and used to warn people of the flood.
The fortress also has a Peter and Paul Cathedral on its grounds, which is a place of the burial of Russian tsars starting with Peter I.
From journal Travels to Russia - St Petersburg
by Vera Marie
August 15, 2000
From journal On the Petrograd Side
South Florida, Florida
November 18, 2000
From journal Sites of St. Petersburg, Russia