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Peter and Paul Fortress

The history of Sint-Petersburg starts with the Peter and Paul Fortress. The construction of the Fortress began on May 16th, 1703. This date is officially recognized as the Birth Day of the city. Tzar Peter the Great chose an excellent site for the fortress – a small island at the widest part of the Neva River delta.

A tradition originated in 1736 has been preserved: every day exactly at noon a cannon volley is fired from the Peter and Paul Fortress.


Location of Peter and Paul Fortress