21 fortresses were built in the Gulf of Finland many years ago to prevent the Russian Empire from being reached by the enemies. Today many of the fortresses are either abandoned or deprived of their former importance. Constantine Fort is under restoration today and will be soon turned into the fortification museum.
Fort Constantine is one of the largest fortresses built in the Gulf of Finland. It is located next to the city of Kronstadt and is related to Saint-Petersburg. A car road goes through the fort to the new tunnel under the Gulf.
Today a museum is located here. Many constructions of the complex were destroyed and are at the stage of active reconstruction now. It takes time to restore the place which often goes underwater and makes people start their work from the very beginning.
The place is ideal for tourists who want to take pictures of some spot that used to be secret once.
The navigation channel didn’t see any major changes since that time. It’s impossible not to notice the port. Dozens of huge vessels pass along the fort every morning and evening.
The complex intended for flood protection is under construction.
A warehouse is located here. These boxes contain different kinds of cargo.
In 1808 the Englishmen started construction in the Baltic region. In response to that the Russians launched building of a wooden battery.
The battery was supplied with cannons and maintained by 250 people. It suffered less than other fortresses during the flood in 1826 and was completely restored by 1826.
In 1850 it was decided to substitute the wooden fortress by a modern battery #4 which had to provide excellent protection from artillery fire.
At that time the battery was renamed into Fort Constantine in honor of the king’s son who became the four-star general of the Russian fleet at the age of 4 years old.
A plenty of new elements had been implemented since then.
Barracks for soldiers were located here.
A former bedroom.
This is where cannons were placed.
No one knows the purpose of these rooms. Some people believe that missiles were stored here.
The hall embraced key weapons of the hall.
They were ready to destroy anyone who dared to come closer.
‘Donate money for the fort restoration’.
A part of an old weapon.
The fort participated in the Great Patriotic war and was totally abandoned after its completion because it became old-fashioned.