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Trubetskoy Bastion

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Address: Peter & Paul Fortress | metro Gor'kovskaja, St. Petersburg, Russia
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An antídote to St. Petersburg's Glitz

Tucked away in a corner bastion of the fortress of Peter and Paul is this rather grim prison with a two tiered series of cells set around a central courtyard. A number of... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 15 November 2016
Polyolbion A
Oxford, United Kingdom
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Oxford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

Tucked away in a corner bastion of the fortress of Peter and Paul is this rather grim prison with a two tiered series of cells set around a central courtyard. A number of reviewers complained that the cells were all the same but that's partly the point. The individual biographies written up next to each cell help populate the place... More 

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Bulverde, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 July 2016 via mobile

I was expecting more from this. It was one of the reasons we opted for the combo ticket instead of just visiting the church. It was interesting, but I think it could have been better. The cells are mostly the same, but you can see the difference after the riots when the mattresses and wall paper were removed. We laughed... More 

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Carlisle, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 June 2016

A sombre place, but the snippets on most inmates of this forbidding place provided a revealing insight into the politics of the time. Some of those incarcerated here were well-known figures (Trotsky, Dostoevsky, and 4 Romanov Grand Dukes); others were more general activists against the government of the day. Many prisoners were subsequently hung or transported to Siberia. And I... More 

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West Sussex, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2015

My wife and I had a particular interest in seeing the cells as we are researching the story of a Russian actress who secured the release of her cousin, a member of the Provisional Government, after he had been arrested and imprisoned here. The displays and and presentation are very successful in conveying the sense of dread which would have... More 

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Quezon City, Philippines
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2015

This wasn't part of our itinerary but we decided to buy the package ticket that included the fortress and the bastion. Not much to see here really. The place is pretty small and the cells all look the same. Reading the different write-ups outside each cell may make the place more interesting. I recommend skipping this and spend more time... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2015

We visited here recently as part of a trip to the Peter & Paul Fortress and I chose to write a specific review about it because we really enjoyed it. I mentioned this in my review of the overall attraction, but wanted to highlight it here. The exhibits are well-labeled and give a unique perspective on the social history of... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 June 2015

There isn't really much to see, all the cells are much the same. If you are interested in Russian history, buy a nice book instead. If you have visited the conciergerie in Paris, this is not anywhere close to being as interesting. Each cell has a placard outside with photo and short biography of the former inmates. But unless you... More 

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Helsinki, Finland
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 June 2014

This is quite a big facility, but it's relatively fast seen. After all all the cells are similar and there is not much more to see than the cells. Of course there are writings of who was living in each cell, but I have been in to much more interesting jail museums also. They could have used their imagination more.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2013

Makes you realise how quickly fortunes can change. One minute you are in charge and then it is you that are powerless.Makes you appreciate good fortune and to treasure it. So many of the inmates met their maker after passing through its doors. An insight into the ups and downs of the Russian Revolution.

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Port St Lucie, FL
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 February 2013

Check for details re: this place in my review of the Peter and Paul Fortress, where it is located. While there, see the other attractions as well.

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