The monument of the Petrine Baroque. Peter and Paul Cathedral is the oldest Church in St. Petersburg. The construction began on 12 July, 1703, the day of the Holy apostles Peter and Paul on the newly founded fortress. The construction of the Cathedral under the project and under the guidance of architect D. Trezzini took 20 years — from 1712 to 1732. Until 2012 the Cathedral with height of 122.5 meters was the tallest building in St. Petersburg.
With the start of construction of the temple, Peter decided to turn it into a tomb of Russian rulers. Since the summer of 1708, in the unfinished Church, began the burial. Here were buried all the tsars of the Romanov dynasty, with the exception of Peter II and Ivan VI.