The Peter and Paul Cathedral is an orthodox cathedral and burial place of Russian emperors dating as far back as Peter the Great.
As the oldest cathedral in St. Petersberg, it is considered one the tallest orthodox cathedrals in the world and also one of the most remarkable achievements of the baroque era, with a rectangular base, and containing an enormous bell-tower and landmark needle, all resembling western European architecture.
The bell-tower is the tallest in the world and contains a carillon composed of 51 bells totaling a weight of 33,422 pounds (15,160 kg) and ranges in such of variety of notes that it is not outside of the range of any piece of music.
Atop the cathedral also is one of St. Petersburg’s most important symbols, its golden spire, sitting 404 feet (123 m) above ground level.
I booked a Grand Tour of St Petersburg with the Peter and Paul Fortress Aug 2012 and was unhappy with the tour. I feel that the tour was misrepresented not only to myself, but the couple that we met on the tour as well. Both parties were surprised when the entire tour, including pick up at 3 hotels, only lasted a total of 2.5 hours. Our guide pointed a few things out through the window of our van, then we made one stop to take a picture and one stop at the fortress. I was in complete disbelief when our tour stopped at St. Isaacs cathedral and the tour guide told us that we could either get out or have the driver return us to our hotel. If someone simply wants to sit in a van and have a small bit of history told to them while they drive, then this tour is for you. If you desire anything more you will be sadly disappointed. The tour of the fortress and cathedral was nice, I wish the rest of the tour could have been more in-depth. We actually took a canal tour later in the day on our own and felt it was much more informative.
Located at Petropavlovskiy Sobor and near to the reka Neva, the Peter and Paul Cathedral sits in what is called the Peter and Paul Fortress, which also houses a the recommended museum.
Across the eastern bridge you can take bus 46 to Troitskaya ploshchad and across the west bridge you can take the 6 and 40 trams to nearby Zoologicheskiy pereulok.