The city affectionately known as Питер (Peter) Pt. 2

June 19, 2010

Дорогие Друзья!

Welcome to the first of my retroactive updates. I am safely back in the states and currently blogging to you from Athens.

Back to the matter at hand; Petersburg. After settling into the hotel and cleaning ourselves up a bit, we piled into the bus and set out for Петропавловская Крепость (Petropavlovskaya Krepost, or Peter and Paul Fortress, the original fortress and Kremlin of Peter the Great). The fortress was built between 1706 and 1710, and was the base of operations for the garrison of soldiers stationed there to protect the city, as well as a prison.

This is the fortress cathedral and final resting place of Peter the Great, Catherine the Great and the entire Romanov family.

After wandering around the grounds for a bit, we went inside to see all the famous dead people. To be honest, we kind of found the inside of the place a little tacky. There was a lot of turquoise and salmon color going on, but hey, it’s still a pretty important place.

Inside the cathedral.

The plaque says, "Петр 1 Великий," which means Peter 1, the Great. The bust in the background is also Peter the Great.

There is another room in the cathedral that wasn’t added until very recently, and it happens to be the room which holds the remains of the entire Romanov family, perhaps one of the most famous Russian royal families.

There are many more updates coming, and I’m sorry that the updates have been so slow. At the moment I am working and living in Washington, D.C. and I do not have internet at my house. I will keep you guys in the loop, so check back often!

Ваш,

Кевин

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