Neva Gate at Peter and Paul Fortress
The Neva Gate is one of the finest architectural structures in Peter and Paul Fortress, situated on the left (southern) side of the cathedral, behind an archway in the fortress wall. It was built in 1787 by the architect Nikolai Lvov.
The gate is faced with granite and built in the form of a classical portico on double columns, which are joined together by sturdy blocks of stone.
Through these gates you can go out to the Commandant’s Pier from which a cannon fires at exactly midday according to old tradition.
Neva Gate at Peter and Paul Fortress by Benjamin Paterssen, watercolors (early 19th century):