Peter and Paul Fortress Walls
Place: Peter and Paul Fortress
Construction time: 1703, reconstructions during the XVIII – XX cent.
Architects: J.Lambert, I.Kirchenstein, B.-H.Minih and others.
Name Origin: The Cathedral, dedicated to the holy Apostles Peter and Paul, is situated in the center of the fortress.
Remarkable features: The width of the walls is about 20 m. The casemates were installed inside of the walls. Usually, the casemates are associated with the prison, but in these rooms they were used mostly as the barracks for garrison. The places are called “magazins”, that means warehouses of ammunition and food.
Legend: The one-half of the fortress walls is faced with granite, but another half left without facing. Argue that Catherine the Great went to the balcony of the Winter Palace once, and paid attention to the fact that the red wall, opening onto the embankment, looked very ugly. The empress gave the instructions and the funds for covering the walls of fortress with granite. However, as it often happened in Russia, half of this money had disappeared. That is why the granite was only on the one part of the walls in front of the Winter Palace.
About Museum: On the territory of the fortress, you can find about two dozen expositions and exhibitions. Some of them are located in the casemates. If you visit the exhibition “Printing premises”, you can observe the casemates free of charge. Working hours: 10.00am-6pm, Wen-day off.