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“Brest Fortress” 5 of 5 stars
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Memorial Complex Brest Hero Fortress
Masherova St., Brest 224018, Belarus
+375-162-200012
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Ranked #1 of 13 things to do in Brest
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Owner description: The Brest Fortress (the Brest-Litovsk Fortress) was one of the fortresses built in 1830-40s to strengthen the western borders of the Russian Empire. It was commissioned on April 26, 1842 and was considered as one of the strongest European fortresses of that period. However it wasn't tested in real battles for a long time. During the World War I the garrison was evacuated according to the order of the High Command and the Fortress was used as a Headquarters of Kaiser's Germany Eastern Front. After October Socialist Revolution Russia became Soviet. On the territory of the Brest Fortress the Soviet government signed the Brest-Litovsk Peace Treaty with Germany and its allies (March 3, 1918), declaring the end of the WWI between them. After the Soviet-Polish war the Fortress ceded to Poland and was used as a military cantonment of the Polish Army. When the World War II erupted the Polish garrison was defending the Fortress from German aggressors for 3 days, but had to leave it. In September 1939 the Brest Fortress became Soviet. Two military divisions of the Red Army were stationed here. The Western Bug river flowing through the Fortress became a new borderline between Germany and the Soviet Union. On June 22, 1941 Germany invaded the USSR all along its borders. Units of Wehrmacht attacked the Fortress at 4.15 in the morning and surrounded it by 9 a.m. About 4.000 Soviet soldiers and commanders had to engage in battle with the enemy, having no opportunity to leave the besieged Fortress. The Fortress' Defence was the defence of its separate centres without Headquarters. Only in Citadel (the Central island) the defenders managed to create the united command on June 24, 1941. By the end of June most of the Fortress' territory was controlled by the Wehrmacht, though some defence sectors fought on till July, 12 (the Eastern Redoubt). The last known defender of the Brest Fortress Major P.Gavrilov was taken prisoner of war on July 23, 1941 - on the 32nd day of the war. But there were also other defenders. One of them used his bayonet to the rifle to write his last words on the brick wall of the barracks: "I'm dying, but I'm not surrendering. Farewell to the Motherland. 20/07/41".The Brest Fortress abundantly poured with the blood of its defenders became a sacred place for the people of the USSR. It became a symbol of courage, fortitude and military valor of a Soviet soldier. For the mass heroism shown during the defence, it was awarded the title of the Hero-Fortress (May 8, 1965). To commemorate the perished defenders it was decided to build a Memorial Complex. It was designed and constructed by the group of Soviet architects and sculptors with A.Kibalnikov at the head. The opening ceremony was held on September 25, 1971. The Memorial Complex "Brest Hero-Fortress" is a national shrine of the Republic of Belarus. More than 21 mln people from 120 countries around the world have already visited it. So driving through Brest be sure to see it!
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“Brest Fortress”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2013

Moving memorial to the hero city of Brest. Museum was very interesting, showing the turbulent history of this city and its people.

Visited May 2013
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“Monumental. And still Soviet.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

It really impresses although I knew and read before about the fortress. But when you see it, it is really not like you imagined and it is striking.
The museum that conseves the rests of wooden XIII century Ancient Russian houses is also unique for the Ancient Rus cities.
The things that I did not appreciate were 40 min time to wait for a meal at the local cafe and no toilet paper in the museum's WC (in the Ancient Rus Berestie museum no toilet at all). That was very Soviet, back to the time of my childhood.

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“Not to forget that!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2013

We have heard about that fortress so many times, saw a lot of films and archive films. But the reality is very much impressive. All that grounds, walls and memorial stands tells and shows the scary face of the war.
This is very interesting place to visit, to spent several hours in and outside of that. Touch to the history of WWII and keep silence in a memory of all that people who died for the Freedom and Life of other human.

Never forget!
Use the moment and visit that place!

P.S. For sure there are museum, car parking, some food and so on, on the territory and in Brest city. City is just 300 meters out from the fortress so you can combine the visit with city walk.
of course NO FEE FOR ENTRANCE!!

Visited April 2013
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Alexei_M_15, Manager at Memorial Complex Brest Hero Fortress, responded to this review, April 25, 2013
Thank you for your review! We believe it would be rather helpful for those who's planning to visit the Brest Fortress in near future.
In addition to the mentioned above, we should admit that the Memorial entrance is free of charge, but there's an admission fee to the Museum: 10.000 belorussian rubles, plus extra fee for 1 hour 30 minutes giuded tour over the Fortress and the Museum if preferred. Guided tour is available in English as well.
Visit us again, please!

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Alexei Molochnikov
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“A necessary experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2013

Simply the most impressive Soviet War memorial of the lot. And the back-story of the defenders' ultimate fate is too awful to understand.

Visited April 2013
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Alexei_M_15, Manager at Memorial Complex Brest Hero Fortress, responded to this review, April 18, 2013
Dear visitor! We are grateful for your appreciation of our memorial.
Be sure to come back!

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Alexei Molochnikov
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Brest, Belarus
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“This opened my eyes to a past I never understood”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2013

OUr WWII was nothing like the WWII these guys had. It's like two different wars and I guess it was in some strange ways. Look around and listen (A guided tour is well recommended).

Visited November 2012
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Alexei_M_15, Manager at Memorial Complex Brest Hero Fortress, responded to this review, April 11, 2013
Thank you for your review! The WWII was a tragedy for people all over the world, taking more than 50 mln lives. The losses of the Soviet Union in that war were 26.6 mln. An enormous number and price the USSR paid to survive. That's why the memory of those events is so carefully preserved in the countries of the post Soviet Union. But we don't forget our allies who helped us to withstand that war. And that is what we really appreciate.
Be sure to visit us again!

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