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Smolensk, once an important border city between Russia and Poland/Lithuania, suffered a lot from WWII hostilities and hardly ever recovered so far. The Fortress used to room families living there without any basic utilities until late 70-s. These days, the fortress remains the prime attraction...More
The main attraction of the city, its towers and fragments can be found everywhere in the old part of the city. Not all fragments have been preserved equally well, there are some abandoned towers and parts of the wall. Along with this, there are well-restored...More
The fortress is seen from far away, when one will just enter the city. It's impressive, or thou it's not so special in terms of architecture.
The central city part one is renovated and looks really nice.
The other parts unfortunately are mostly in a...More
If you go to Smolensk and not head to the museums or war monuments (there's a lot of them there), then this is the main attraction for you.
A great example of the Russian medieval fortress masonry, in different stages of ruining and restoration.
Astonishing building, lasting 6 kilometers, standing here for almost 4 centuries. Was build by efforts of all cities of Russia, suffered a lot of wars (with Poland, Napoleon invasion and second World War) and still alive. You can climb on some towers and walls to...More
Smolensk Fortress is picturesque. It's an construction that was protecting Russia for centuries and centuries. So, that is undoubtedly a Russian place of natural and cultural beauty. But, visiting it, you encounter a paradox. Such symbolic place is neglected. No one wall fragment has been...More