Peter and Paul Cathedral

Петропавловский собор

Place: Peter and Paul Fortress 

Construction time: 1712-1733

Architect: Domenico Trezzini

Style: Petrine Baroque

Remarkable features: This is the highest building in the city (122,5 m), except the television tower. The Russian emperors are buried there from Peter the Great to Nicholas II.

Name Origin: The Cathedral is dedicated to the Apostles Peter and Paul.

Legend: At the time of emperor Nicolas I, the angel on the spire of the cathedral was bent by a strong gust of wind. The emperor decided to announce a competition throughout Russia in search of the master, who would be capable to repair the angel without expensive wooden construction. The master was found – it was Peter Telushkin, a man from Yaroslavl. Using just one rope, he climbed up to the top of the spire and fixed the angel. As a reward, the serf Telushkin asked for freedom and the right to free vodka in all kabaks of Russia. The emperor granted the request by giving the master a medal with the national eagle. Soon Telushkin lost the medal. He came to the emperor again, and the emperor scolded him. After that, he ordered to burn the eagle on the master’s neck. Now going into any kabak, master could just snap the eagle on his neck to take the vodka for free. Some people believe, that the well-known in the Russian culture gesture was born like that.

Могила Петра Великого, Петропавловский собор

About Museum: the Cathedral functions as a museum, and you can buy the tickets in the Little Boat House. Inside the cathedral, you will see white coffins with the names of the emperors and the Grand Dukes of Romanov dynasty, who are buried here. Working hours: 11am-6pm. Day off: Wed. In summertime, the museum works all week. Tickets: adult – 450 rubles, students – 200 rubles.

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