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    Cathedral

    by yumyum Written Apr 9, 2006

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    This is the main landmark in town. Unfortunately, it's in very bad shape and needs restauration urgently. In 2005 you couldn't actually see the main hall inside. There is access to an exhibition in the side of the building (entry fee) which we didn't go to see.

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    Frist radio transmission in the world

    by yumyum Written Apr 9, 2006

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    In April/May 1895 Mr. Popov invented the radio here in Kronstadt. There is this little wooden house which a plaque outside. Unfortunately, after taking this pic the batteries of my camera went flat due to the cold weather. So don't leave without any spares!

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    Kabotazhnaya Gavan Range Front

    by grandmaR Updated Jul 11, 2009

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    While I could not find a photo of this marker on the internet, it is described as a 49 ft square skeletal tower, mounted on a square concrete pier that is enclosed in whole or part by a wood daymark painted red with a black vertical stripe on the range line. This light is a front range light that guides naval vessels as they enter the Kronstadt naval station. Located about 600 m (0.4 mi) north of Fort Kronshlot. Although I didn't see much red or black, I'm pretty sure that this is the correct identification as the marker lines up with the rear range marker.

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    Kabotazhnaya Gavan Range Rear

    by grandmaR Updated Jul 11, 2009

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    This is a lighthouse-range marker which is quite outstanding in the Kronstadt harbor area.It is a 102 ft square tower faced with white siding, except for the huge red and black range marker on the range line. The lantern is painted red.

    This light is a rear range light that guides naval vessels as they enter the Kronstadt naval station. It stands on the Petrovskaya Pristan (mole), one of the breakwaters protecting the main harbor of Kronstadt, the traditional and historic home port of the Russian Navy.

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    Morskoy Kanal Range Rear

    by grandmaR Written Jul 11, 2009

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    Morskoy Kanal Range Rear

    This light is very much like the Kronstadt (Range Rear) that at first I thought they were the same. But the Kronstadt rear range light has a gallery most of the way up the tower (and is taller), and it is also on a larger piece of land than this structure is. This octagonal 131 foot tower built in 1914 is an active lighthouse. There are black and white horizontal bands on the side facing the range line which in my picture can only be seen along the edge of the lighthouse. The Morskoy Kanal is the dredged channel through Neva Bay from Kronstadt to St. Petersburg. The range is an outbound (westbound) range guiding ships away from St. Petersburg and is located about half a mile southwest of Fort Kronshlot.

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    St Andrews Cathedral

    by Skillsbus Written Dec 25, 2012

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    Built in 1817 this cathedral was sadly demolished in 1932 but today there is a memorial gardens where it once stood. Here is a map of the city and a symbolic pot , from which according to legend the island "Kotlin" took its name.
    There is also "the tree of desires" which is situated near the fence of the obvodny canal. This is very popular with young tourists and visitors to the city.
    Also close by is the statue to Lenin.

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    What to see ...

    by eksvist Updated Apr 23, 2008

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    What can you see in Kronstadt?

    Traditionally, the seat of the Russian admiralty and the base of the Russian Baltic Fleet were located in Kronstadt guarding the approaches to Saint Petersburg .

    Monument to Peter the Great, the founder of Kronstadt.

    The Baltic Geodetic Height system based on Kronstadt zero is adopted as
    land survey height system in many countries.
    Kronstadt zero is the zero point on the touchstone, what is measureing the level of sea, and what was marked by Mihhail von Reineke in 1840.

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    Forts of Kronshtadt

    by Explorer_spb Written Jan 22, 2003

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    The chain of forts crosses Gulf of Finland from north to south. Northen forts are located along a dam and they are very damaged. Southern forts are well keeped. The Konstantin fort is accessible by car.

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    Monument to Submariners of the Baltic fleet

    by Skillsbus Written Dec 25, 2012

    The monument is dedicated to submariners of the Baltic Fleet, who defended approaches to the city of Lenin during World War II. Architects: M.N. Meisel, M.N. Afanasiev. Kronstadt preserves the memory of the heroes-submariners. A granite obelisk is mounted on a five-stage basis. On the obverse there is an inscription: “Glory to submariners of the Baltic Fleet, who protected approaches to the city of Lenin during the Great Patriotic War”. To the right of the inscription there is a stylized image of an anchor, and at the foot of the stele - a granite block with a relief of a submarine. The height of the monument - 3 m, width - 5 m.

    Every year on the first Sunday of February from this place starts race “Attack of the Century” devoted to the exploit of the submarine “S-13”, and its commander, Alexander Ivanovich Marinesko. That’s why Kronstadt inhabitants call this public garden submariners garden. Opposite Martynov public garden there is military unit of scuba diving. On its territory on May 9, 1995 Path of heroes-submariners was opened. The complex presents ten steles made of black marble with bas-reliefs of submariners Heroes of the Soviet Union who defended Leningrad during World War II, and a monument to the heroic crew of the Red Banner submarine “S-13” with its commander A.I. Marinesko.

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    Tide-Gauge

    by Skillsbus Updated Dec 28, 2012
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    The Kronstadt Tide-Gauge has its origins in a horizontal mark cut into the stone pier of a bridge over Kronstadt's Obvodny Canal showing the average water level of the Baltic in the period 1825-40 (established by the outstanding hydrographer Mikhail Reineke). Later a gauge for measuring sea-ievel was installed alongside, its zero reading corresponding to the mark. A special float lying on the surface of the water in a well that is connected to the Gulf of Finland is linked to a mareograph - a device that automatically records the current level of the Baltic. These readings provide the basis for measurements of height across Russia.
    See here also the fish sculpture on the canal wall opposite. This monument is to the Blockaded fish Kolyushka

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    Dock Bridge & Italianskiy Pond

    by Skillsbus Updated Dec 25, 2012
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    Dock Bridge (another name leaf bridge) – the bridge over the canal of Peter the Great in the suburbs of St. Petersburg Kronstadt. The bridge was built of boiler steel in the second half of the 19th century and is notable for the fact that it was assembled at the riveted joints, since welding technology was not yet worked out to realize such a construction. It is believed that Vice-Admiral Makarov was involved into the designing of the bridge. The last time the bridge was repaired in 2008.
    The right side of the Italian pond, which is a square basin, not really a pond - well pond - because it is artificial and not really a pond because it is connected to the sea. It is named Italian because of the Italian palace, a luxurious residence built by Menshikov (Menšikov), a commoner who was made a duke by Peter I, but the residence was converted to a navy school already in 1741. This place is also the spot for the disembarkation for first St. Petersburg to Kronstadt scheduled steamship line that began operating in 1815 (and must be one of the first steam-powered scheduled shipping services in the world). The steel crane to the right, dates from 1868.
    See also the lock gates dating from 1752.
    One of the main sights of the north embankment of the italian pond is the Italian Palace.
    In 1886 in front of the palace is the Monument to P.Pakhtusov. It immortalised the merits of outstanding New land and Arctic Ocean research.

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    Petrovsky Park

    by Skillsbus Written Dec 25, 2012
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    The most remarkable place in the park is the majestic monument to Peter the Great erected in 1841.
    The embankment opens with a view of the Peter's quay where military and research ships can be seen.There is also a memorial midday gun and a stele in honour of Russian seamen - heroes of Teusima battle.

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    Yakornaya Square

    by Skillsbus Written Dec 25, 2012
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    Yakornaya Square (Anchors Square) is one of the most memroable places in Kronshtadt.
    The square appeared in 1754 as the place for the storage of anchors and anchor chains (hence the name, meaning anchor square; in November 1918 the square was renamed as Revolyutsii Square, though the name did not become common). The square took on its current appearance in the late 19th century with the building of St. Nicholas Naval Cathedral. In 1913, a monument to admiral S.O. Makarov was set up on Yakornaya Square (sculptor L.V. Shervud). From 1917 to the early 1920s, the square was a popular place for meetings of Kronstadt workers, seamen and soldiers. In 1974, Yakornaya Square was reconstructed: its area was paved with stone blocks, and a pavement flagged in cast-iron was built on the western side of the square. In 1986, two anchors were installed here, as well as part of the armour and the turret of I.I. Tambasov memorial gun taken off from the battleship Oktyabrskaya Revolyutsiya (October Revolution). Before that time the articles were set in the Summer Garden of Kronstadt where they were put in 1957. The square also accommodates the Common Grave of the participants of the Revolution and the Civil war. In 1974, a headstone was added to the grave, designed by architect L.K. Larionov, and an Eternal Fire was lit here in 1980.

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    Naval Cathedral

    by Skillsbus Written Dec 25, 2012
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    The huge 70-metre-high cathedral with a 27-metre diameter dome was built in 1902-13
    on the highest point in Kronstadt. It served primarily as a garrison church for the
    sailors quartered in the town. The design was by Vasily Kosiakov, the director of the
    Institute of Civil Engineers, who took Hagia Sophia in Constantinople as his prototype.
    He gave the western facade of the cathedral a mighty portal and divided up the inner
    space with two-tier arcades. The cathedral is decorited with ornamental mosaic and
    murals (Kuzma Petrov-Vodkin took part in this work) and the floors are of different
    coloured marble slabs set in brass.

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    Naval Plant and memorial

    by Skillsbus Written Dec 25, 2012
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    A large area of the city is occupied by the Naval plant.
    Opened in 1858 the factory became the first center for shipbuilding and repairs in Russia.
    for many years war ships and auxillary vessels were built in the docks here.
    In 1967 at Metallistov Square a memorial to the workers of the Naval plant was erected

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    Dec 25, 2012 at 6:34 AM

    The cathedral has now been 4restored and is due to be re-opened in 2013. See my review it looks wonderful now !!!!

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