Peter and Paul Fortress

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by roza4 on February 19, 2001

Open: 11 am - 5 pm, closed Wednesday and last Tuesday of the month.

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.

Peter and Paul Fortress/Peter and Paul Cathedral
Zayachil Ostrov (hare Island)
St. Petersburg, Russia

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