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Smolensk Fortress, Smolensk

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One of the most important of Russia's defensive fortifications in its western regions, Smolensk Fortress boasts a multitude of imposing towers and sturdy walls. Visit the fortress, finished in 1602 on orders of Russia's leaders, and get an up-close look at the surviving portions of the original 6.5 km (4 mi) of walls. In addition to the walls, 17 of the defense towers have also endured the centuries, best represented by the fully restored Gromovaya tower. Note that several of the towers represent slightly different architectural styles, from those with cylindrical bases to those built with squared, angular sides. You can view parts of the bastion, but keep in mind that some areas may be inaccessible due to years of neglect during the Soviet era. For travelers who use our online itinerary creator, Smolensk holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Smolensk Fortress and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • 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 ni...  more »
  • While in Smolensk we stopped here and went up to the top of this wall. It was a bit dangerous going up the steps but once at the top the view was great if the city.  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...  more »