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Brest Fortress

Today the Brest Fortress is the major tourist sight. The design of the fortress was approved by the Emperor Nicholas I in 1830. It occupied the territory of the Old Town. The citadel and several bastions and fortifications were built : the Kobrin, Volhyn’ and Terespol’ fortifications. The fortress appeared to be a masterpiece of military engineering as well as an outstanding work of art. By the beginning of the 20th century the fortress was the main Russian outpost on the western border. However the present fame was gained by the Brest Fortress during the years of the Great Patriotic war. Its garrison resisted heroically for one month.