The star attraction at this fortress is the daily firing of the cannons at noon and midnight. Time your visit to catch the show.

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Peter and Paul Fortress

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Peter the Great created this fortress in 1703 to protect the city from a fleet of Swedish warships. The fortress itself is not that impressive as it isn't very big and its military significance was lost before it was even finished. However, it was used as a prison for two hundred years and boasts a string of famous inmates including Alexei (the son of Peter I) and even Dostoevsky. Perhaps the highlight of the fortress is the firing of the canons at 12 noon and at midnight or when it threatens to flood (very interesting). There are a couple of gas laboratory museums inside the fortress with Space-related artefacts, among other pieces, and the Peter and Paul Cathedral, at the centre of the fortress, is also well worth a visit.

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