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Russia: Drone captures ghostly abandoned 'Plague fortress' from Tsar Alexander I era02:06

Russia: Drone captures ghostly abandoned 'Plague fortress' from Tsar Alexander I era

Russian Federation, Saint Petersburg
June 11, 2016 at 10:53 GMT +00:00 · Published

Drone footage filmed in Saint Petersburg, Saturday, shows a naval fortress named after Russian Emperor Alexander I, which has been abandoned for more than 30 years.

The naval construction, which used to fortify the Kronstadt Fortress in the middle of the 19th century, was built between 1838 and 1845 on an artificial island in the Gulf of Finland, near St. Petersburg and Kronstadt.

During the Crimean War (1853-1856) the fort guarded the base of the Imperial Russian Navy in Kronstadt against the Royal Navy and French fleets, which attempted to enter the Baltic Sea. However, the Alexander Fort has never been involved in hostilities and lost its military value in the 1860s. It was used as a warehouse for mines and ammunition and was expelled from the military register of fortresses in 1896.

In 1897, the Alexander Fort was handed over to the Institute of Experimental Medicine in order to be used as a plague laboratory, where the fortress picked up its nickname 'the Plague fort.' In 1917, the laboratory was closed and all equipment was removed. The fort was once again handed over to the military.

The year 1983 is considered as the date when the fort was abandoned, although in the 1990s the structure was used as a venue for open-air rave parties.

Russia: Drone captures ghostly abandoned 'Plague fortress' from Tsar Alexander I era02:06
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Drone footage filmed in Saint Petersburg, Saturday, shows a naval fortress named after Russian Emperor Alexander I, which has been abandoned for more than 30 years.

The naval construction, which used to fortify the Kronstadt Fortress in the middle of the 19th century, was built between 1838 and 1845 on an artificial island in the Gulf of Finland, near St. Petersburg and Kronstadt.

During the Crimean War (1853-1856) the fort guarded the base of the Imperial Russian Navy in Kronstadt against the Royal Navy and French fleets, which attempted to enter the Baltic Sea. However, the Alexander Fort has never been involved in hostilities and lost its military value in the 1860s. It was used as a warehouse for mines and ammunition and was expelled from the military register of fortresses in 1896.

In 1897, the Alexander Fort was handed over to the Institute of Experimental Medicine in order to be used as a plague laboratory, where the fortress picked up its nickname 'the Plague fort.' In 1917, the laboratory was closed and all equipment was removed. The fort was once again handed over to the military.

The year 1983 is considered as the date when the fort was abandoned, although in the 1990s the structure was used as a venue for open-air rave parties.

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