With this publication, I open a series of materials about historical places in which I happened to visit and photograph them.
A few days ago, as soon as the warm spring weather set in, I happened to visit the ruins of the Peter the Great’s Naval Fortress. This place is located in the village of Suurupi, which is not far from Tallinn (Estonia).
Despite the fact that these are the ruins of a fortress, it has its own special, incomparable atmosphere. You can walk both on the surface of the earth and enter the underground casemates of the fortress. It’s just WOW! If you are near this place, take your time and visit this fortress! I guarantee a lot of vivid emotions and impressions!
The naval fortress of imperial Russia, named after Czar Peter the Great (1672-1725), was a defence line near Tallinn, Estonia, built from 1912 to 1917. Along with the sea fort in Finland it was meant to obstruct entry to the Gulf of Finland. Here in Suurupi the artillery battery No.3 was positioned, equipped with four 152-mm cannons. The battery was built, but they did not have time to arm it.
In February 1918 the sappers of the Russian Army, retreating from the advanced German troops, blew up the battery.
During the Republic of Estonia (1919-1940) a coastal defence battery with four 120-mm cannons was located here.
This site is listed in the National Register of Monuments as a typical sample of military fortification of its era.
Entry into the battery is at your own risk, forbidden in the dark.
Date of visit: 27.03.2021
© Photos by Deniss Ignatjev