Peter I, the Great built this after he snatched this little bit of land away from the Sweeds. St Petersburg was a swamp, but he had a vision and lots of troops and serfs with which to work.
It took several tries to get the whole thing in one photo from within the fortress walls. This is St Peter and Pauls church where all the Romanoffs are buried (pretty much). The fortress has quite a list of other interests to see, but it was the end of a long day including Catherine Palace, lunch, the Hermitage and now the P&P. Nobody in their right mind would want to see anything more than their cabin on ship at this point.
From across the Neva.
Little girls at play on a summer's day. Love the headgear.
Friends at the fortress.