The Winter Palace (left), Admiralty (gold spire), and Saint Isaac's Cathedral (gold dome) from the Peter and Paul Fortress. The fortress was the first thing built in what became SPB, and its establishment on 27 May 1703 is celebrated as the city's birthday. It was built by Peter the Great as defense against Sweeden, who Russia was at war with.

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