Also known as the Museum of the History of St. Petersburg, The Peter and Paul Fortress was constructed in the early 18th century to protect the access to the Baltic Sea, which many Russian people depended on for their livelihood. The struggle to protect this strategic area from competing Swedes and the nearby Novgorodians is an intrinsic part of St. Petersburg's history.
Between 1700 and 1733 major improvements and changes took place on the site, including the construction of the Peter and Paul Cathedral which gives the fortress its nickname. This is also where the Romanov family is interred and is considered to be one of many permanent museum exhibitions.
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