Excursions

ThePeter and Paul Fortressis the original citadel of St. Petersburg founded by Peter the Great in 1703 and built to Domenico Trezzini's designs.

Excursion to Peter and Paul Cathedral is usually included but there are also some unique historical features and interactive programs we would like to draw your attention to, please read below.

Noonday Gun

Every day at 12 o'clock a cannon fires a blank shot from the Naryshkin Bastion of the Peter and Paul Fortress. This tradition originates from Peter's epoch, when the cannons announced the beginning and the end of the working day, alerted the local citizens about the floods and marked important state events. Between 1873 and 1934 the gun was fired from the Naryshkin bastion at noon for the citizens to synchronize their watches. 

Peter and Paul Cathedral

Peter and Paul Cathedral is justly regarded one of the main attractions of Peter and Paul Fortress. It was built in 1712–1733 as the main cathedral of St Petersburg, new capital of the Russian Empire. Designed in Baroque style by Dominico Trezzini, it combines typical features of West-European and Italian church architecture.

Peter and Paul Cathedral is the symbolic center of Russia because it is the burial place of many of the imperial family. For two hundred years all Russian rulers from Peter I to Nicolas II (except Peter II and Ivan VI) and their families were buried here. The locations of the graves are marked by sarcophagi made of white Carrara marble.The remains of the last Russian Emperor Nicolas II and members of his family, who were shot by Bolsheviks on 17 July 1918, were buried in the Catherine’s Chapel of Peter and Paul Cathedral.

Peter’s the Great monument

At first it may shock, but they say that it is a natural copy of Peter the Great as a human. Unusually Peter the Great is depicted on this monument by Michael Shemyakin. The figure is made in violation of the natural proportions of the human body: the head is too small, torso, legs and hands were extended. Peter's face, made on the basis of lifetime mask, quite accurately replicates the true face of the emperor.

PPF’s area is not limited to the Cathedral, there are also former casemates, the mint, etc.

The territory of this complex may be interesting not only for adults but also for children. We offer you to go on an interactive theater program where you eat real food for prisoners and go under the escort to dinner. You and your children will take great pleasure visiting this tour! NOTE please contact the manager to know whether it would be possible to go on a tour like this since it is a rarely confirmed program.

Admission to Zayachy (Hare) island: daily from 6:00 to 21:00. 

Admission to the Peter and Paul Fortress: daily from 6:00 to 20:00. 

All museums, information desks and ticket offices are closed on Wednesday.


Exhibitions

Working hours*

Peter and Paul Cathedral 

10.00-18.00

Trubetskoy Bastion Prison 

10.00-18.00

Permanent exhibitions: 
- History of St Petersburg - Petrograd. 1703-1918, History of Peter and Paul Fortress
- "Street of Time

11.00-18.00

Exhibition halls: 
Neva curtain wall, Ioannovsky ravelin, postern and casemate of Gosudarev bastion

11.00-18.00

Museum of Space Exploration and Rocket Technology

11.00-18.00


* note:
1. Ticket offices and exhibitions close an hour earlier on Tuesday.    
2. SS Peter and Paul Cathedral and Trubetskoy Bastion Prison close an hour earlier on Tuesday. 
3. On Sundays SS Peter and Paul Cathedral opens an hour later. 
4. Working hours of the SS Peter and Paul Cathedral can change on the days when church services are held.