Kronshtadt Off The Beaten Path

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    Kronshtadt

    by globetrott Written Jan 3, 2016

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    Kronshtadt is used as a military outpost for more than 300 years already: In May 1704 the "Kronslott" (=Crown's Castle) was constructed on the island of Kotlin and in July 1704 the fortification already defied the Swedish fleet approaching St.Petersburg.
    I passed by Kronshtadt onboard of the cruiseship M/S Vistafjord many times, while I was working there between 1979 and 1985 and at that time Kronshtadt was totally off-limits for foreign tourists and also taking photos from the ship while passing by was a risk, because it was the naval base for submarines and a top-secret in the times of the "Cold War"
    Nowadays you mostly see ordinary ships there, no more submarines and tourists can even take a bustour from St.Petersburg in order to explore Kronshtadt. About 43.000 people are living there now.

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    Where St.Petersburg is still called Leningrad

    by globetrott Written Jan 3, 2016

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    This is between Kronhstadt and St. Petersburg, when you enter St.Petersburg by cruiseship you will get to a place, where St.Petersburg is still called Leningrad written by giant letters as you can see in my photo, that was taken in 2014, while cruising onboard the Delphin Voyager.
    This is the area of shipbuilding and heavy industry and obviously nobody though so far of changing that inscription !

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    Fort Kronshlot (Kronstadt Range Front)

    by grandmaR Updated Jul 11, 2009

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    This is the current lighthouse, which was built near the walls of Fort Kronshlot. Built by Peter the Great in 1704, Fort Kronshlot is the oldest of the many fortresses protecting Kronstadt and St. Petersburg. The range guides ships up the channel on the south side of Ostrov Kotlin toward the naval base at Kronstadt. Located on a small island just west of the naval base, near the east end of Ostrov Kotlin. This is an active lighthouse of 82 feet - a round red cast iron tower with a lantern and a gallery.

    Kronstadt Range Front over the fort Kronstadt Range Front Kronstadt Range Front Kronstadt Range Front over the fort Kronstadt Range Front
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    Fort Nikolai Range Front

    by grandmaR Updated Jul 11, 2009

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    I didn't see this range marker lined up with the range, but I saw the range marker structure on one side of it as we rounded Fort Kronshlot. According to the internet, this was build in 1891 and has been inactive since the early 1920s when the current Fort Kronshlot Light was built. It is a 52 ft round cast iron tower with lantern and gallery, painted red, built just outside the walls of Fort Kronshlot (formerly Fort Nikolai). It is located 200 yd west of the Fort Kronshlot Light on a small island just west of the naval base, near the east end of Ostrov Kotlin. The civilian port of Lomonosov on the mainland is 2 mi to the south. I have quite a few pictures of this and the current light as we passed quite close to Fort Kronshlot.

    Fort Nikolai Range Front Fort Nikolai Range Front Fort Nikolai Range Front with another cruise ship Fort Nikolai Range Front Fort Nikolai Range Front
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