Nov 06 2010

POTD: Peter and Paul Fortress on the Neva River

by in Eastern Europe & the Caucasus, Photo of the Day, Russia

Located in Saint Petersburg, the Peter and Paul Fortress was established by Peter the Great in 1703 on a small island by the north bank of the Neva River. It was originally built to protect the capital from a potential attack by the Swedes, but eventually fell into use as a prison for political prisoners.

This photo was taken while on a river cruise of the Neva. As tourism to Russia has increased, the popularity of river cruises has grown substantially, with many companies offering multi-week packages on ships that traverse several destinations, including the Neva River, Lake Ladoga, the Svir River, Lake Onega, the Baltic canal, White Lake and the Volga River.

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2 Responses to POTD: Peter and Paul Fortress on the Neva River

  1. From Roger:

    Lindsay,

    This sounds like the sort of book that you’d enjoy:

    http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/books/2010/11/fashioneast-the-spectre-that-haunted-socialism.html#ixzz14AHp1Iyn

    Posted on November 6, 2010 at 9:49 pm #
  2. From Lindsay:

    Sounds pretty fascinating. Makes me think of my trip to the DDR museum in Berlin, where they had a lot of East German fashion on display…the East German made jeans were the best part!

    Posted on November 7, 2010 at 10:28 pm #

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