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 Russia St Petersburg The Peter and Paul Fortresses Pocketvox

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In about the year 1700, Peter the Great was attempting to gain control of the commercial route between the Black Sea to the south and the Baltic Sea to the north. His victory over Sweden in 1703 gave him a foothold in the Neva estuary. He proceeded to build a capital city in the midst of the marshes, which was to be Saint Petersburg. He immediately needed to protect his position and consequently built the Peter and Paul Fortress on the tiny Zayatchy Island. This fortress therefore represents the very foundation of the city and under its protection, Saint Petersburg grew to fulfil the Tsar’s dream as the window to the West. The history of this citadel is central to the history of the city itself and will help us understand the persistence of its founder, Peter the Great. With this audio guide, we’ll explore its fortified walls and gates, the prison, the mint and of course, the Peter and Paul cathedral which is the burial place of the Romanov dynasty.

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