Peter and Paul Cathedral

Peter and Paul Cathedral is located in the fortress of the same name. It was erected under supervision of Italian architect Domenico Trezzini in 1712-1733. The story says that it was Peter the Great who laid the first stone and that his wife Catherine I laid the second. The three levels bell tower is surmounted with a golden steeple. With its 122.5 meters it towers above the city of Saint Petersburg. Its steeple is surmounted with a cross and a flying angel that is 2 meters long. Inside, the cathedral is lavishly decorated. Great masters of the time made the sculpted gold-plated iconostasis that was set up in 1729. Necropolis of the Romanov imperial family, it hosts the graves of fifty of its members. Among the most famous are Peter the Great, Catherine II, Alexander III and Nicolas II. The latter was buried in the cathedral in 1998.
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