The Kronstadt Fortress is unique, beautiful and complicated.
Such a system of forts cannot be found anywhere else in the world.
For more than 300 years these island fortresses have been rising from the Gulf of Finland enchanting with their wistful and mysterious beauty.
The southern, northern, shore-based and island forts all form the single system of the Kronstadt Fortress.
Retired Commodore Vitaly Pirogov reminds that it was Peter the Great’s idea to build a large fortress with surrounding smaller forts on the island and around it.
This fortress defined the development of fortification design for 100 years ahead.
Leonid Amirkhanov, local historian, believes there was nothing of the kind before that. This is a unique fortification structure with no match to it in the world.
There are some similar separate buildings like Fort Boyard or a fortress in Britain, but there is no single fortification complex consisting of 19 forts, most of which are islands.