The Peter and Paul Fortress, the authentic old part of the city. It was the first building that was built Peter the Great on a small swampy island between the Great Neva and Kronverk channel. The strength (which is now considered the eighteenth century military fortress best preserved in Europe) was designed as a defense of the Baltic output. When already lost its military importance, he became jail, where they were locked several political conspirators, as the Decembrists, the elder brother of Lenin Alexander Ulyanov had attempted assassination of Czar Alexander III, the writer Gorky, ministers bourgeois provisional government.
In the fortress is the Cathedral of San Pedro and San Pablo, the oldest in the city. Its majestic columns, crystal chandeliers and painted decoration, combined with carved and gilded iconostasis creates a magnificent scenery that houses the tombs of the kings of the Romanov dynasty. In 1998 in the cathedral were buried the last Russian Tsar Nicholas II with his family, all shot in Yekaterinburg the same day in 1918. In the old house of the commander of the fort is an interesting exhibition on the history of St. Petersburg. For the 300th anniversary of the city this exhibition was completed with multimedia programs, interactive areas, documentaries and sound accompaniment.
The visit to the fortress is often combined with the panoramic view. The fort is open for visitors every day from 06.00 to 22.00. The cathedral is open from 10:00 to 18:00 (Tuesday to 17.00). From October 1 to April 30 closed the miércoles.Las photos are allowed. In the fortress several cafes and souvenir stores and work books.