Kaunas Fortress

So I started looking more into the weirder fun side of Kaunas and finding more interesting bits of it instead of the statistics of things (which I know are still very important) I then stumbled across this video of these guys exploring the Kaunas Fortress!

It turns out that part of the Fortress is filled with water because of poor drainage, people go swimming and diving there.

I then took to google images, of course, to see more of what this huge Fortress had to offer within its nine forts. I came across this image I loved, of a guy who had journeyed in to the fourth fort and took a couple of photos, my favourite in particular was a piece of art that I think he had done within it. But unfortunately he did not give much information along with his nice photographs, it would have been great to know if the artwork in the photo was his, and how he liked his adventures in the fortress. But I guess the story is up to you noooow

After reading up about the Kaunas Fortress I found it had this intense deep dark background and past! And it’s strange to see its current state now compared to what it is used for in the past.

“Kaunas Fortress (Lithuanian: Kauno tvirtovė, Russian: Кοвенская крепость) is the remains of a fortress complex in Kaunas,Lithuania. It was constructed and renovated between 1882 and 1915 to protect the Russian Empire‘s western borders, and was designated a “first-class” fortress in 1887. During World War I, the complex was the largest defensive structure in the entire state, occupying 65 km2 (25 sq mi).[1]

The fortress was battle-tested in 1915 when Germany attacked the Russian Empire, and withstood eleven days of assault before capture. After World War I, the fortress’ military importance declined as advances in weaponry rendered it increasingly obsolete. It was used by various civil institutions and as a garrison.

During World War II, parts of the fortress complex were used by the Nazi Germany for detention, interrogation, and execution. About 50,000 people were executed there, including more than 30,000 victims of the Holocaust. Some sections have since been restored; the Ninth Fort houses a museum and memorial devoted to the victims of wartime mass executions. The complex is the most complete remaining example of a Russian Empire fortress.[1]“.




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