The Brest-Hero Fortress

Brest, Brest Region, Belarus

About The Brest-Hero Fortress

The Brest-Hero Fortress, also known simply as the Brest Fortress (Bresckaa krepasc), played an important role in 20th century history.

Begun in 1830, the Brest-Hero Fortress became an active military site on 26 April 1842. Since then it has played important roles in several conflicts including both World Wars and the German-Soviet War as well as being a notorious prison following Poland’s infamous Brest elections.

During these times, the Brest-Hero Fortress has changed hands on several occasions and suffered several attacks. However it is most famous as a symbol of Soviet resistance to German forces as part of Operation Barbarossa in 1941. Originally called the Brest Fortress, it was renamed the Brest-Hero Fortress in recognitions of its part in this event.

Today, the Brest-Hero Fortress is known both for its symbolism and for its 19th century military architecture. It now houses a museum of its own history and visitors can also wander through its impressive ruins.

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