The Peter and Paul Fortress is the original citadel of St. Petersburg, Russia, founded by Peter the Great in 1703 and built to Domenico Trezzini's designs from 1706-1740.
Built at the height of the Northern War in order to protect the projected capital from a feared Swedish counterattack, the fort never fulfilled its martial purpose. The citadel was completed with six bastions in earth and timber within a year, and it was rebuilt in stone from 1706-1740.
From around 1720, the fort served as a base for the city garrison and also as a prison for high ranking or political prisoners
The fortress contains several notable buildings clustered around the Peter and Paul Cathedral (17121733), which has a 123.2 m (404 ft) bell-tower (the tallest in the city centre) and a gilded angel-topped cupola.
The cathedral is the burial place of all Russian tsars from Peter I to Alexander III, with the exception of Peter II. The remains of Nicholas II and his family and entourage were also interred there, in the side St.Catherine's Chapel, on the 80th anniversary of their deaths, July 17, 1998. Towards the end of 2006, the remains of Dowager Empress Maria Feodorovna were brought from Roskilde Cathedral outside Copenhagen to finally rest next to her husband, Alexander III.
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jhm (122314) 2012-09-09 5:11
A splendid contrast picture with the sunset and lovely red sun ball to the sky.
Different towers care for contrast through the black silhouettes
A very nice picture of this excellent and interesting composition of form and color.
Perspective and depth are perfect.
Excellent composition, good presentation. TFS.
Have a nice Sunday,
abmdsudi (26199) 2012-09-09 6:51
Awesome golden tones enveloping the sky line as sun is going down the horizon with silhoutted buildings creating lines and shapes across the frame. The shimmering
water surface gives a nice touch. Beautiful shot and nicely done. TFS,
maria-v1981 (10403) 2012-09-09 10:01
Excellent contrast and presentation, very good colors and sharpness. Marvellous lighting and sihlouetts from the fotress is remakable.
Have a nice week,
mesutilgim (67856) 2012-09-09 11:40
Sen yaşıyormuydun ????
Thumbnail de ulan gene bir kızkulesi dedim ama açınca iş değişti.
İster inan ister inanma, şu anda terkedilmiş Şile evimde müzik setinde Kızıl Ordu korosunun marşları inletiyor evi, elimde votka-limon ve de karşımda bu kare !
Gözüne gönlüne sağlık
claudeD (24147) 2012-09-10 6:16
very fine sunset picture with an excellent composition and fine colors. I like the atmosphere of the shot very much.Very well done.TFS.
With regards from Luxembourg
amazon (12082) 2012-09-17 21:34
sen de grub çeker miydin?:P s.petersburg rüyasında isen ...evet;)
EstelleJ (921) 2013-02-26 11:55
Beautiful sharp silhouettes of one of my favorite subjects to photograph in St.Petersburg!
The Sun itself is lovely, with this unusual hexagon aura around it!
- Copyright: Deniz Taskin (rigoletto) (30408)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2012-08-13
- Categories: Castles, Architecture
- Camera: Canon EOS 400D, Canon 18-55 mm
- Exposure: f/13.0, 1/400 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2012-09-09 3:15