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Kyiv Fortress, Kiev

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The Kiev Fortress is a complex of Russian fortifications in Kiev, Ukraine built over the span of 17-19th centuries, soon after the 1654 Council in Pereyaslav.Kiev Fortress once belonged to the extensive system of western Russian fortresses that existed in the Russian Empire. The Kiev Fortress complex features many separate fortifications in Pechersk, Old Kiev, Podil, and Zvirynets located in various city districts of Kiev. Currently most of the remaining structures turned into a historic reserve. The main fortification associated with the Kiev Fortress (where located the Historic and Architectural Museum) is the Hospital fortification.OverviewComposition Old Kiev and Old Pechersk fortresses Kiev Arsenal Citadel Hosptital fortifications Vasylkiv fortifications separately built fortifications: 3 towers, 3 barracks, other fortifications Lysohirsky Fort DescriptionHaving lost their military importance in the 20th century, the buildings continued to be used as barracks, storage and incarceration facilities. Some of them played independent historical roles. The Kosyi Caponier ("Skew Caponier") became a prison for the political inmates in the 1900s - 1920s and was later turned into a Soviet museum. Now it is the center of the modern museum. A small fortress built in 1872 on the legendary Lysa Hora ("Bald Mountain") in 1906 became a place of executions for convicted political inmates. It is now a landscape reserve and part of the museum complex.
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TripAdvisor
  • With a bit of research ahead of your visit, the Kyiv Fortress is actually a really interesting and unpretentious attraction close to the city center. Beyond the grounds themselves and their history, t...  more »
  • you can walk the grounds and the ramparts for free. The museum cost 14 UAH (at current rates € 0,5). So for this price you should visit it. Some maquettes, some war stuff and uniforms, and a few rooms...  more »
  • visited this place in feb 2015 and it looked great in the snow! as other reviews have said the museum is only some underground rooms and tunnels but it was interesting enough for a couple of hours and...  more »
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  • Hidden gem in the centre of Kyiv. Great place to sit on the grassy hills and enjoy the view
  • Quite interesting place that offers surprisingly good views of Kyiv
  • Very unusual place, great views on the city and it has share of the building that creates echo if scream towards it from the bridge.
  • Very interesting piece of Kiev's history. Large complex of restored buildings and displays. Conveniently located near the city center. Call ahead or plan to bring a Russian-speaking friend as they do not always have tours in English.
  • Not too big. But really pretty :)