In Spring of 1704 a fortress
was erected on Kotlin Island in the Gulf of Finland. It was to protect
the newly built city of St.Petersburg from attacks of enemy fleet. In
1704 and 1705 garrison of the fortress repulsed numerous Swedish sea
attacks and landing parties... Since then Kronstadt became an
important naval base of Russian Navy on the Baltic Sea and indeed
protected St.Petersburg throughout three centuries.
May 22nd we visited Kronstadt to take part in the 300-anniversary
celebrations together with our friends from Narva. What was important
to us is that we met colleagues from Petrozavodsk who recreate another
Russian infantry unit of the Great Northern War - Olonetzky
Later in the day we walked
around the town, staring at sea, vessels of Russian Baltic Fleet and
other places of interest.