St. Peter and Paul’s Fortress is the place where the city began in 1703. Inside it there is a Cathedral with the same name that occupies a special place among the churches of St. Petersburg. It is also the highest historical building in the city center. This cathedral used to be a burial place for Russian Tzar Family beginning from the time of Peter the Great. Peter the Great was the first to be buried in the unfinished building of this Cathedral. At the end of the 20 c. in Peter and Paul’s Cathedral the family of our last Emperor Nicolas II was reburied. The tradition to bury the members of the ruling dynasty at one place or at some cathedral, widespread throughout the world, was followed in St. Petersburg, too.
Your Saint-Petersburg private guide will meet you at your hotel or wherever you are staying, then you will be driven around the city for 3 hours making frequent stops to take photos at the most beautiful locations. After seeing the city you will visit St. Peter and Paul’s Fortress and will also have a guided tour inside St. Peter and Paul’s Cathedral.
There is also another place of interest in the fortress. It is a jail that was used for political prisoners. You will have an inside tour of this jail with your private guide. One of the first political prisoners of Peter and Paul’s Fortress was Alexey, the son of Peter the Great. Among other famous prisoners there were Russian writers Fyodor Dostoevsky and Maxim Gorky, Alexander Ulyanov (the elder brother of Vladimir Lenin), Leon Trotsky and others. The most difficult thing for all prisoners was solitary confinement. Your Saint-Petersburg private guide will tell you about hard conditions prisoners of the fortress lived in. More than 1500 people passed through the cells of the prison in the course of its history.
The guided tour of St Petersburg will finish 3 hours later back at your hotel or in the city center wherever it is most convenient for you. Book more than one tour with us to get a great discount!
The price includes a professional English-speaking guide and a professional driver with a comfortable air-conditioned car or mini-bus for three hours, tickets to St. Peter and Paul’s Cathedral for everyone.
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