Sunday, April 08, 2007

Peter Paul Fortress

We made an early morning excursion to see Peter Paul Fortress. I’ve tried to visit the fortress on two prior trips. Russia’s English translation claims the fortress was a magnificent achievement that would surely have thwarted any attack, while English guidebooks tell me it was poorly designed and would have been little help in a crisis. The most noteworthy facts I gathered were that it housed “political prisoners” and was also a rocket development site in the 1920s. Not coincidentally, today the fortress hosted a model rocket competition and a small street fair.

We met Peter the Great (sorry Peter, I had a Pushkin moment, the other town obsession) and I took a picture in front of his statue. Many visitors sit on his lap, but I was somewhat skeptical and also afraid of paying a “tourist fine”.

My sister discovered a secret passage. It was hard to find. I bravely scouted for any suspicious characters as we looked around the hideout.

There was also a concert at the church, which played different bells throughout the day.


Blogger Heather said...

I don't know much about Peter Paul but I have to ask... is there text on why his HEAD is so small? And come one... you didn't do the tourist thing and sit on the small headed mans lap? ;)

4:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Peter statue is one of my absolute favorite things in Petersburg (the city I don't really like anyway)- besides Teremok, of course. Anyway, the reason for the statue is that it allegedly represents PtG's alterego, Peter the Not-So-Great. It's, naturally, relatively new ('91) and is supposed to exaggerate his features as sort of a physical representation of his cruelty and ruthlessness.

Take that, Bronze Horseman.


6:08 AM  
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9:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can you please pass me some information about the Norwich Master's of Diplomacy, please? Just a syllabus or a reading list, please? Thanks.

7:29 PM  
Anonymous Reading and Travel said...

Peter and Paul Fortress, a beautiful landmark at St. Petersburg. This is very beautifil landmark at Russia. I've wrote an article about this place and the title of my post is Peter and Paul Fortress: The city Protector beacause it's serves as a protector from Swedish army and navy long time ago.

4:15 PM  

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