One of the St. Petersburg shore excursions is the St. Petersburg city tour with tour-guide that includes a tour around the city and a visit to:
- The Peter and Paul Fortress
- The Prison of the Trubetskoy bastion (located on the premises of the Peter and Paul Fortress).
The St. Petersburg city tour with tour-guide tells the history of the city and acquaints you with the primary places of interest. St. Petersburg is the city that enjoyed the privilege to be the Russian capital in the times when the Russian empire was in its prime.
This probably laid the foundation for the construction of so many majestic palaces, parks, bridges. You will have the opportunity to view the most important and interesting sights with tour-guide in St. Petersburg and what is more, to learn about the origin of the particular sight.
The route of almost every city tour of the St. Petersburg cruise excursions with tour-guide takes you past the following most remarkable striking places of interest:
- The Palace square
- The Hermitage
- The Spit of Vasilievsky island
- Cruiser Aurora
- The monument to Peter the Great – The Bronze Horseman
- The St. Isaac’s square
- The Field of Mars
- And of course the Peter and Paul Fortress.
Hence if you choose this variant of the St. Petersburg city tour with tour-guide, you will get acquainted with the history of the city from its early days. It is here on the Hares’ island that the city was born and the construction began.
✓ Several interesting showplaces are located in the fortress. The Peter and Paul cathedral and the Prison of the Trubetskoy bastion are by all means the most important sights from the history viewpoint. All Russian tours usually visit these sights in St. Petersburg. The cathedral was founded under Peter the Great. The first church was wooden and was later replaced by a majestic stone cathedral. The cathedral is a burial vault of the Russian tsars starting from Peter the Great.
This St. Petersburg city tour with tour-guide includes not only the visit of the fortress but also the visit of the Peter and Paul cathedral in the fortress:
The Peter and Paul fortress guided St. Petersburg city tour with tour-guide provides comprehensive understanding of the early beginnings and the foundation of the city since you will be in the very heart of the city on the Neva. The city came into being with the foundation of the Peter and Paul fortress on the Hares’ island. It is here that Peter the Great ordered to lay the first stone in 1703 starting the massive construction of the northern capital of Russia.
One of the main places of interest of the Peter and Paul fortress is the Peter and Paul cathedral, a monument in the baroque architectural style, specially named Peter’s baroque and a burial vault of the Russian emperors. Famous emperors, princes, tsarevnas and tsarevitches are buried here. Emperors Nicholas the Second and Alexander the Second and empresses Anna Ioannovna and Elisabeth Petrovna among them. The cathedral constructed by Domenico Trezzini in 1712-1733 will be presented to the visitors. The belfry of the cathedral is crowned with a 122, 5 meter gilded spire. You will see the gilded Tsar’s gate. The museum inside the cathedral exhibits rare exponents: icons, books and other antique objects.
From the times of Peter the Great the territory of the fortress included the main prison of old Russia
Peter the Great kept his son here and many other famous personages were under arrest in this prison:
- Princess Tarakanova
- The murderers of the tsar Alexander the Second among them.
During the St. Petersburg city tour with tour-guide of the Peter and Paul fortress we shall see what the Russian Bastille looked like and even shall go into the actual prison cell of the previous centuries.