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Fort Kerch

The construction of Fort Kerch started in 1857 shortly after Crimean war. General Totleben designed the fort in a way that it was impossible to see from the passing ships since according to peace treaty Russia was forced to stop military construction in the region. But due to indecisiveness of the conflict no one really kept a eye on a huge construction project.

 

 

Location: Most of the people living nearby don't know about the fort and its secluded location so probably GPS is your best call. You can find fort's location here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Description of Fort Kerch

Military garrison of Fort Kerch (in 1860) still preserves elegance of its century unseen in the military fortifications of the 20th century.

 

 

 

Carving of a Soviet soldier (Sept 24th, 1943)  from small Soviet Republic of Osetia shortly after the Crimea was liberated (left) and a rule for a soldier that orders good care of the rifle on the right. Judging by the grammar it was written here before the Revolution (1917).

 

 

 

 

Underground passages of Fort Kerch served the units stationed here as housing, storage and safe way to transport necessary ammunition. Huge underground towers had naval artillery, but it is long been commissioned and floors have collapsed although some stairs are still visible. Occasionally people do find military memorabilia like bullets, rifles parts and others. One of the grim findings you can discover here are human skeleton in the one towers. No one knows who it is and how this person got here. No one even knows when the person was killed here, but many legends circulate. According to one it is a skeleton of a German soldier who committed suicide here after he fell in love with a local girl and her father came between them. Others say it was a body of a political officer who was killed by his own father for joining the Commies. Aside retelling of famous plots of "Romeo and Joliet" and "Taras Bulba" none of the legends provide credible evidence on the identity of the body.

 

Guards might stop you, but it was quiet rear since the immensity of the place simply doesn't allow any good control on the territory. In case they do don't worry. They don't really care and usually end long lecture with words "Come again". Security is probably the least they care.

 

 

 


 

Transportation

 

 

Hotels, motels and where to sleep

 

 

Restaurant, taverns and where to eat

 

 

Cultural (and not so cultural) events

 

 

Interesting information and useful tips

 

 

 

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