Thursday, May 26, 2011

St, Petersburg, Russia Peter and Paul Cathedral and end to an incredible day!

We finished our tour of St. Petersburg with a visit to the Peter and Paul Fortress where the Peter and Paul Cathedral is located.

The fortress was built by Peter the Great to protect the harbor from invasion by Sweden.  It is now most famous for its beautiful cathedral, the final resting place of Russia's czars.

Now let's go inside.

Peter the Great

Catherine the Great

Nicholas II, the last tsar of Russia and his family.
His two youngest children, Anastasia and Alexei have yet to be interred.

This is the Church on Spilt Blood.  We made a photo stop only since the Church was closed the day we were there.  It was built on the spot where Tsar Alexander II  was assassinated and is famous for its unique architecture.  There are also a few photos that show some of the detail.

After 11 hours of visiting the sites (we ate lunch in the car), we had to fight our way back to the ship through the horrendous St. Petersburg traffic. 

And here are my traveling companions, ready to get back.  We were finished, spent, done, exhausted and over it!  We loved the tour but we had gone as as far as physically possible and it was time to call it a day!

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