5 The Ancient Fortification Monument

The Ancient Fortification Monument

Posted on July 1, 2011 by kulichik


Mikhailovskaya battery fortification monument of the XIX century is located on the northern side of the Sevastopol bay. Today we’ll reach the second layer of the casemate battery where an exhibition devoted to the heroic city is held.

Mikhailovskaya battery used to be an abandoned military complex later transformed into an interesting historic object.

During the reconstruction of the battery it was decided to preserve the natural atmosphere leaving bare stone walls and timber floor as they were. You won’t see any laminate or plaster here. Electric wires pass below the ceiling.

The casemates are separated into the side and residential areas heated with stoves. Every inhabited section is supplied with a stove like this.

The battery equipment is related to the 19th century.

Thanks to the special platform moving the weapon wasn’t difficult.

Artillery tube.

The major part of the exhibits are piled together negligently which is a very unusual way of item storage practiced by museums. But it produces an impression of time shift.

There is a seal on the box which states: Hope…1847.

Rifle bullets were stored in the box.

The dead-eye.

Missing the sound made by sailing ropes.

The instruments were used to build ships at that time.

The wounded soldier is taken care by the nurse in a hospital.

The figures are made of wax.

If it was not for the extra glitter one could think that this was the foot of a real man.

The home-ware is not a dummy.

The vessels made of copper look impressive.

The seal states the word NOVIK which means a light cruiser.

This very tank contains the signature of a famous Russian tinsmith.

Don’t you like the utensils?

The old lanterns can easily attract anyone’s attention. They are working, by the way.

This exhibition room has many samples of military outfit which belongs to different epochs seen by Sevastopol.

Vickers gun barrel.

It is mounted on a real machine-gun carrier.

Did the weapon made the White Army men fear or was it not that dangerous in a contact battle?

The soldierly barracks seen in the first years of the Soviet power establishment.

The gun box.

Such landing crafts were used at the time of the second defensive actions in Sevastopol.

Broken Degtyarev Infantry.

The firing-point defended the battery inhabitants from the Nazi. The last soldiers perished here. Thousands of gun shells can be seen on the floor. The defenders ate and slept right on the boxes.

Canned meat and hand grenades.

But Belomor pack doesn’t fit the place.

Windows of the second casemate layer viewed from the street.

Mikhailovskaya battery, panoramic view. Click on the image to view the full size.

Location: Sevastopol

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5 Responses to “The Ancient Fortification Monument”

  1. testicules says:

    I am pretty sure that is a Maxim Machine Gun and not a Vickers. I could be wrong though. It has happened once or twice

    • dcc says:

      The first machine gun picture is a Vickers (with the water cooling pipe fitting), and the next 2 belong to a Maxim machine gun (check the different sights).

  2. George Johnson says:

    I’d hate to be in that room when they fired the cannon!! Man, I bet they were all just about deaf.

  3. Archy Bunka says:

    A. Bunka here. Very cool, looks like it was built a few years ago. Outstanding work by the curators.

  4. Muzzlehatch says:

    Masonry forts like this became obsolete in the 1860’s with the development of rifled cannon. Walls that could withstand cannonballs shattered when struck by cylindro-conoidal projectiles.

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