St. Petersburg is a city of magic beauty, a city of white night, broad straight avenues, green parks, countless bridges and canals. The greatest architects of the 18-th and 19-th centuries created magnificent ensembles in our city. St. Petersburg reminds some visitors of Rome others of Paris, Vienna or Amsterdam. But really there is no city in the world like St. Petersburg It s bridges, canals, granite embankments, railings, museums make our city one of the most beautiful cities in the world. If you come to the Neva embankment you will certainly see St. Peter and Paul Fortress, Which is considered to be the birthplace of the city. The city started from the small Zayachy Island. It attracted Peter`sattention because of its strategies position. It was here that on the 27th of May 1703 Peter
The First laid the foundation of the Fortress. The Fortress has six bastions connecting with straight walls but this fortress has never play a military role. Even in Peter`stime it was used as a political prison. And among its first prisoners was Peter`sown son Alexey who plotted against his father. For this reason Alexey was sentenced to death. But on the eve of the execution he was found dead in his own cell. Many famous people were prisoners in St. Peter`sAnd Paul Fortress, among them – Dostoyevsky, Chernyshevsky, Corky. In 1924 the Fortress was turned into museum. The cathedral inside the Fortress has also been turned into museum. The cathedral was built by the architect Domenico Trezini between 1712-1733. The Cathedral is 122,5m high. The spire is 40m high. It is crowned with a cross.
The wings of the angel spread about 40m high. It is crowned with a weathercock in the form of an angel with a cross. The wings of the angel spread about 4m. Inside the cathedral you can see a beautiful icon stand designed by Ivan Zarubny. After the death of Peter the Great, the cathedral became the pantheon for the royal family. 42 members of Romanoff s family including 11 ruling
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