This was our longest stop of the cruise and it still wasn't enough time!!
After the Hermitage we stopped for lunch…the food wasn’t great, and most of it was pickled.
Next stop was The Peter and Paul Fortress and I absolutely LOVED it!
When Peter the Great re-claimed the land in 1703, he decided to build a fort to protect the area from possible attack. This is how the city got started. From 1721 onwards the fortress housed part of the city's garrison and served as a high security political jail. Among the first inmates was Peter's own son Alexei, who he eventually had killed.
In the middle of the fortress stands the impressive Peter and Paul Cathedral, the burial place of all the Russian Emperors and Empresses from Peter the Great to Alexander III. The Cathedral was the first church in the city to be built of stone.
Alexander II initiated a number of reforms when he came into power in 1855. In 1861 he freed the Russian serfs (peasants, who were basically slaves) from their ties to their masters. Because of his radical views there were many attempts to take his life. Alexander II was finally assassinated in 1881 by a group of revolutionaries, who threw a bomb at his carriage.
This church was built on the very spot where the Emperor was mortally wounded.
We ended our night by attending a traditional Russian Folk dance show…
A few more days of resting on the ship until we end our sailing adventure.
Not finished yet…after the cruise we took a small (rickety) plane to