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Historical development of foretress architecture

 

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Fortification before the 16-th century

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Fortified settlement of the Early Middle Ages
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Motte-and-Balley
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Late medieval Castle
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Renaissance Fortress with round Bastion

Fortification since the 16-th century

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Bastion Fortress
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Bastion Fortress with developed Outworks
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Star-Shape Fortress
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Major Fortress with polygonal Front
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Major Fortress with central Fortification
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Major Fortress without central Fortification

 

 

Citadel Berlin-Spandau as a typical Bastion-Fortress

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Fortress Impressions

 

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Fascinating Architecture

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Events in Monuments

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Attractive Nature

Casemates - Ramparts
Barracks - Bastions

Festivals - Show - Acts


Parks - Gardens
Water - Bats


Fortresses offer

- ideal rooms and setting for culture events,
open-air-festivals, historical military parades,
show acts or biker meetings.



Fortresses offer

- fascinating architecture and
constructions, ramparts, towers,
brick walls, gates, casemates,
tunnels, powder magazines
and barracks.
Fortresses offer

- a lot of opportunities for development
in an attractive
nature, recreation on the ramparts,
bats in the casemates,
walks through parks and gardens
and fishing in the moats







 

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New Life
in Historical
Fortresses

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Culture and Art
in Casemates

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Historical Sites

Entertainment

Concerts - Galleries
Performances


Parades - Battle
Skirmish


Fortresses allow

- new life between old walls for
children, young people, families,
senior citizens as picnic
and bivouac, manifold tables
of events, interesting gastronomy

Fortresses tell

- about the fascinating history
of sunken empires, from emperors
and potentates, from
master builders and engineers,
from power and intrigues,
from pacts and traitors, from
soldiers and spies, from war
and violence, from peace and
love.
      
     

    

       
Fortresses promote

- Art and culture in the form
of concerts, theatre, performance,
cabaret, art exhibitions,
lectures, readings, games.

       

 

 
Secret Areas

 

Explore unusual Architecture, Nature and European History

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History

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Architecture

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Nature

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Attractions

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Fun

European military architecture evolved throughout ages, which contributed to a great diversity and unique functionality of fortifications.

The enormous edifices were usually hidden from the public‘s eye. It was not before the end of the cold war that these fortresses became available to visitors all over Europe.

European Cultural Heritage from War to Peace

At a certain point in history the fortresses lost their military function. Today they serve as witnesses of the European history, which was often written with blood and iron. The preservation of the strongholds is crucial since they constitute a valuable cultural heritage. They have been transformed in culture and entertainment centers whose new role is to promote peace in an interesting setting.

Some Eastern European fortresses were severely damaged during wars and demand urgent renovation. The Old Town of Kostrzyn in Poland, for example, is a place where warfare left an indelible mark.

A Look at hidden Spots

Travelling along the Baltic Fort Route gives you a unique opportunity to:

-learn about the last 500 years of the European history, about mighty
empires of the past and fortifications protecting their borders

-discover historical military structures hidden behind embankments and
moats, concealing underground gunpowder magazines,
casemates and underground passages

-experience idyllic nature in all its diversity, which can be found
in parks and gardens, as well as on river banks and meadows

-take part in many multicultural events in an extraordinary setting

Monuments full of Life

The fortresses give you a unique opportunity to enjoy various events, such as concerts in the Spandau Citadel, military events in the Kostrzyn Fortress, the Christmas market in Gorgast, the chanting festival in Gi┼╝ycko, or even observing the habits of bats. You can also learn about a famous stopover place on Napoleon‘s route, discover the traces of Prussia in Kaliningrad and visit Holocaust memorials in Kaunas.
 
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