The first architectural complex in Saint-Petersburg was constructed by order of Peter the Great to protect our city from the Swedes in the course of the Russo-Swedish war. The day of the fortress’ foundation May 27, 1703 is celebrated today as the birthday of Saint-Petersburg. Apart from a pleasant walk around the old fortifications you can visit the Peter and Paul Cathedral, the burial place of Peter the Great and other Russian emperors and empresses, the Trubetskoy bastion casemates served as a political jail, as well as other historical museums located within the walls of the fortress.
The 122.5m Peter and Paul Cathedral, the heart of the fortress, is the tallest architectural structure in Saint-Petersburg. It was the main cathedral of Russia until the middle of the 19th century. The building represents a combination of elegant simplicity and graceful splendor. Inside you will find the original décor with the iconostasis carved by the Russian masters within 1722-1729. Its central part resembles a triumphal arch since Peter the Great regarded the church as a monument to the military glory of Russia.
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