Peter and Paul Fortress is the heart of St. Petersburg. It is located on Zaichik (Hare’s) island where St Petersburg was founded on May the 27th, 1703.
It is here where Peter the Great founded a fortification structure in order to protect the lands won back from Sweden. The fortress was to become the best fortification structure of the time, and now it is considered to be one of the most important fortresses of the 18th century not only in Russia, but in Europe as well.
On the territory of the fortress there are many structures worth seeing such as the Boat house where the grandfather of the Russian fleet is exhibited (it’s the very first boat which Peter the Great maintained himself), the Mint, the Commandant house, the Commandant pier from which you can enjoy a gorgeous view of the Neva River, the bright buildings on the embankment and the gilded domes of the churches in a distance.
However the whole landscape of the fortress in dominated by the renowned St Peter and Paul Cathedral, the second tallest building inside the fortress at 122.5 meters. The gilded spire of the cathedral has a weather-vane shaped like an angel with a cross that can be seen from almost every point of the embankment.