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The fortress was built in 1703 on the little island of Zayatchy, the original city centre. It was St. Petersburg's first building. Flanked by twelve Vaubian bastions, it was built to protect Russia's main access to the sea, but rather than defending the country, it was mostly used as a prison for the opponents of the absolutist regime. Saint Peter's gate, the main entrance to the fortress, is decorated with a two-headed eagle, the symbol of the tsars, and topped with a relief representing the apostle Peter overthrowing King Simon. Every day at noon, a canon is fired from one of the bastions and can be heard throughout the city. In the centre of the fortress is the Peter and Paul Cathedral, built by the Swiss architect Trezzini in 1712. Its 120m golden spire is topped by an angel holding a cross. Inside the cathedral is an iconostas made of 43 magnificent icons. The collegial church houses numerous imperial tombs, in particular those of Peter the Great and Catherine of Russia. From Petrogradsky Island, the other side of Troisky bridge with its incomparable view of the city, you can see the beautiful house of Peter the Great at n 2 Petrovskaya Embankment. From here the tsar could oversee the building of his fortress. The house now holds a museum dedicated to the tsar. At the end of the embankment, the famous Cruiser Aurora is anchored in front of the Naval Academy. It was used in the Russo-Japanese war of 1904 and was the starting point of the 1917 revolution.

  • The Peter and Paul fortress , Russia
    The Peter and Paul fortress

    This fortress was built in 1703 on the little island of Zayatchy, the original centre of the city. It was the St. Petersburg's first building.

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  • The Peter and Paul fortress , Russia
    The Peter and Paul fortress
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    The Peter and Paul fortress
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