Peter I’s Cabin

Saint Petersburg / Russia
This small museum may offer more insight into Peter I’s personality than any of his palaces.

The museum is really small. It’s a log cabin encased in a protective structure built of bricks. The cabin has only three rooms: Peter I’s study, his tiny bedroom and a dining room. The cabin itself can’t be entered. Interiors can be view through windows only.

On the one hand, Peter I’s cabin is a typical Russian log hut. On the other hand, it’s obviously influenced by Dutch architecture with wooden logs painted to resemble bricks, and the roof coating imitates tiles.

Peter I’s cabin was built in 1703 by imprisoned Swedish soldiers. A legend says that the construction took only three days and was completed on May 26 1703. On the following day, May 27 1703, the foundation stone for the Peter and Paul Fortress was laid. Peter I’s log cabin is considered to be St.Petersburg’s first building.

Peter I lived in the cabin from 1703 till 1708. He lived there alone first, then with his wife future empress Catherine I, and then with their daughter.

During the reign on Peter I’s daughter Empress Elizabeth, a chapel was established at the cabin. Empress Catherine II had a stone case built to protect the log cabin, which was later replaced with a new protective case. After the Revolution, in 1930 it became a public museum.

On display you can see Peter I’s memorabilia – his coat, his cane and his arm chair, as well as some items of Petrine times.