The fortress, named after the saint Peter and Paul, is the museum of the history of Saint-Petersburg. Peter I laid the fortress in May 1703 and that was the beginning of the future capital of the Russian Empire. You will visit the oldest temple of the city - Peter and Paul Cathedral - the family vault of Russian Emperors, in which are kept copies of the trophy banners of Russia from different wars. You will step into one of Russia's "political" prisons - that of Trubetskoy bastion, and see the Decembrists' casemates and torture chambers. Exploring the territory of the fortress you will learn about the construction of Saint-Petersburg, its early years and most crucial events of the city's history, among them - Saint-Petersburg's continuous struggle with floods. The fortress tour is followed by a visit to Aurora cruiser, today - a museum. The ship played a momentous role in the history of Russia on numerous occasions. Aurora battled the Japanese Navy during the Russian-Japanese war of 1904-1905. Her crew supported the Bolsheviks after the 1917 February Revolution. And it was the blank shot from her forecastle gun that heralded the assault on Winter palace, sparking the Great October Socialist Revolution and a complete new era for Russia and the world.