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The roof of Saints Peter and Paul Cathedral is rather inaccessible, so lovers of taking pictures in roofs of some high or historical buildings wish to get there a lot. As you may guess, today we’ll have an access to get to this roof.
A view to the Vasilevsky Island.
A breathtaking look down.
The Trinity bridge.
The fortress of St. Peter was founded on the 16th of May, 1703 on the Zayachy island. It was intended to protect land, won during the Northern War with Sweden. The fortress was built by the plan made with the participation of Peter. According to rules of fortification arts, bastions were erected in corners. By the end of 1703 earthen walls of the fortress were built, then stone ones. They got their names from dignitaries who witnessed the construction process. During Catherine reign, two walls facing the Neva river were covered with granite. In 1712 instead of wooden church of the apostles Peter and Paul, Trezzini constructed a stone cathedral dedicated to the first high apostles, and lately it became a burial vault for Russian emperors. The fortress was called by the name of the cathedral of Peter and Paul.
The Golovkin bastion and (across the river) the Military Historical Museum of Artillery and Engineer and Communication Troops.
During the entire fortress history, not a single shot was done from its bastions. Although this statement is debatable (during World War II in the fortress there were anti-aircraft guns, machine guns and searchlights that repelled enemy air attacks).
From 1872 till 1921 the main political prison was located here. The oldest industrial enterprise of Saint-Petersburg – Mint is also situated on the territory of the Peter and Paul fortress.
Height of the cathedral is 122.5 m, of its steeple – 40 m. The cathedral was consecrated June 28, 1733. Now services are performed only on special occasions, in other time it functions as a museum.
The steeple was damaged several times by the storm ( in 1777 and in 1829).
Outside the windows there are clock dials with hands.
Nowadays the cathedral belfry contains a unique, numerous and various set of bells, for example, original Dutch bells of the XIX-XXth centuries, or modern Flemish bells, etc (about 130 bells in total).
During World War II the cathedral steeplel was painted in gray color. Such masking deprived the fascist artillery of the guide to fire on the most strategically important objects.
The tower construction.
A view on the Peter and Paul Cathedral.