Prison of the Peter and Paul Fortress
Place: Peter and Paul Fortress On the map
Architect: K.P. Andreev, M.A. Pasypkin
Interesting facts: Peter and Paul Fortress was perhaps the most perfect fortification in the world for the period of its construction. However, she has not done a single shot at the enemy; the fortress was used as a political prison. Between the famous prisoners there were:
- Prince Alexey, son of Peter the Great. Father and son were disagreeing in the view on political system. That is why by order of his father, Aleksey was strangled directly in a cell (wall-mounted indoors) of Fortress.
- Famous writers of the Catherine era: Alexander Radishchev and Nicolay Novikov.
- Decabrists – the participants of the revolt 14 December 1825.
- Feodor Dostoevsky who was thrown here because he was one of the members in one of socialistic clubs of his time.
- Nikolay Chernyshevsky who wrote his famous novel “What Is to Be Done?” in this prison.
- Maxim Gorky, who wrote here his novel “The Children of Sun”.
- Members of the Provisional Government, who was arrested after October Revolution 1917.
Legend: From the 1920s. Peter and Paul Fortress turns from a political prison to museum. Assert that the famous adventuress princess Tarakanoff who pretended to be the daughter of Empress Elizabeth, drowned in a prison cell during a flood in 1777.
Museum: Peter and Paul Fortress prison unfairly is widely popular. However, no camera in the casemates or the Secret House, where people smashed theirs heads against the wall after years of imprisonment, have not preserved until our time. Jail of Trubetskoy Bastion, existing today, was functioning only a few decades at the sunset of Imperial era. Prisoners had very good conditions of live, so as the prison this place is not too much impressive. If you are seriously interested in the history of the revolutionary movement of the XIX-XX centuries, this museum is for you. If not – you will be disappointed. Working days: 10am-6pm (Tue: 10am-5pm). Day off: Wed. Tickets: adults – 200 rubles, students – 120 rubles.