Photographer's Note

This is the Peter & Paul Cathedral, which is located inside the Peter & Paul Fortress in St. Petersburg. The tall thin, gold covered spire is very distinctive, and it's visible from a long distance as it is the tallest structure in St. Petersburg (127m)

The cathedral is the burial place of all of the Tsars from Peter the Great onward. The Peter and Paul Fortress was one of the first things built in St. Petersburg, and in those days it was to protect the river and the city from foreign navies (St. Petersburg is near the edge of Russia, and close to Sweden, which was a rival at the time). The fortress was never tested in battle, however, it was used to house political prisoners, both in the time of Tsars and in Soviet times as well.

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