19th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Travel
Peter and Paul Fortress

The Peter and Paul Fortress was originally a fortified area meant to protect the state from foreign attacks. It was constructed in 1703 and then extended and modified for the following four decades. While the fortress never saw any actual combat, it still has a dark story behind it, as it served as a prison and execution quarters during the Bolshevik revolution in the early 20th century. Today, it's part of the State Museum of the History of St. Petersburg.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 11.2019
Date Uploaded: 11.2021
Photo Location: Saint Petersburg, Russia
Copyright: © Sreesailam Pasupula