Peter and Paul Fortress is located on Hare Island (Finnish Enisaari), about whom Neva is divided into two branches. From that place the construction of St. Petersburg. Day bookmarks "Fortress" - 27 May 1703 - is considered the birthday of the city.
The fortress has never taken part in the hostilities, it is not made of a single combat shot. Almost immediately, she turned into a "Russian Bastille". Citadel, conceived to defend against an external enemy, became a prison and royal cemetery. On the territory of the fortress are the Peter and Paul Cathedral (architect D.Trezini) and The grand tomb.