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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 Smolensk fortress wall fragments scattered throughout the city. In the city centre are all beautiful but better go to the suburbs, where there are no crowds and where you can climb the wall (not always legally) and wander through it, climb the tower.
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  • Really liked the walls in Smolensk. Immediately it seemed the greatness of the town in olden times. In the City Museum has an interesting layout, which shows what was the castle with all the towers, I recommend him to visit.
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  • In addition to the appearance of the city stands the voshtitit'sja Fedor Horse with companions, the spirit in such beauty. Given the rarity of the finest monuments in our country, look!
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