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Memorial Complex Brest Hero Fortress

Geroyev Oborony Brestskoi Kreposti St., 60, Brest 224018, Belarus
+375 162 20-03-65
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Nice stroll around. No explanation for English speaking visitors.

We liked the place for a stroll. As we read some information ahead of the visit, we knew the basic... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
dirkaarts
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Warsaw, Poland
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The Great Patriotic WAR started here

The old fortress is a memorial of the hardship and the bravery of the Belarus people during the... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Dag W
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Norway
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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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Geroyev Oborony Brestskoi Kreposti St., 60, Brest 224018, Belarus
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We liked the place for a stroll. As we read some information ahead of the visit, we knew the basic story. I hoped to learn more about it during the visit, but there is very little information in English about the the tragic happenings here....More

Thank dirkaarts
Reviewed 3 days ago

The old fortress is a memorial of the hardship and the bravery of the Belarus people during the Great Patriotic War or Second World War as called in the west. Belarus suffered greatly during the war. More than 30% or 2,5 million died during the...More

Thank Dag W
Reviewed 11 July 2017

fortress of soviet Red Army, remembering the fights with Nazi Army in 1941, pity not a single word of a Polish history with this place before annexation of Brest by Soviet Army in 1939.

Thank Time T
Reviewed 27 June 2017

Brest Fortress is a national symbol in Belarus, which managed to hold against the Nazi army for weeks during WWII, with severely undermatched staff and resources. The fortress is surrounded by a river and some artificial streams, which first you might think would only help...More

Thank Ergukun
Reviewed 13 June 2017

To simplify, it's a massive area with a massive stone head and no information in English. You can spend hours walking around but there is not much too see in terms of the fortress itself. Most of the buildings are not open to the public...More

Thank Mahaena
Reviewed 17 January 2017

Brest fortress is one of the most significant places in Belarus. The total area of the fortress is about 4 square kilometers. On June 22, 1941 the garrison of the fortress took the first blow of the German invaders and for more than a month...More

1  Thank Katya M
Reviewed 11 January 2017

monumental athmosphere, time is here different from other countries around. must to see and feel it.

Thank Luca C
Reviewed 21 November 2016 via mobile

I didn't know what to expect but it reflected the history of the time. The mail viewing was the eternal flame and the names of Belarus's dead, who lost their lives in the war. The church which was left completely destroyed and rebuilt in the...More

1  Thank Dippy1951
Reviewed 12 November 2016 via mobile

Don't be fooled by the title, there is no fortress in conventional meaning of this word. You will find gigantic concrete monsters built by commies and tons of propaganda. No single note how commies sieged the place from Poland TOGETHER with nazis a couple of...More

4  Thank kostikk13
Reviewed 7 November 2016

It's large memorial complex mainly dedicated WWII. Many people visited this area from Bielarus and Russia. In the main area there is really big soviet style monument. The place is quite and it's visible that people take care of this area. Nice to visit in...More

Thank Marcin K
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