After the outbreak of Great Northern War, Russian army besieged
fortresses of Narva and Ivangorod, held by Swedes. In the course of
the siege, Swedish King Charles XII came to releave Narva, attacked
fortified postion of Russians and broke its' center. Russian army was
routed and fled across Narova river, however Guard regiments
Preobrazhensky and Semenovsky remained in order and secured bridge
which saved many troops. For their steadfastness, Tsar Peter granted
his Guards with the first collective award - encription "19 No.
1700" on officers' gorgets.
Narva has its' own group of
enthusiasts interested in history of the Great Northern War; they
constitute local branch of Preobrazhensky Life Guards. For us in
St.Petersburg it was the first international event; we came to see
historical sites of Narva, meet colleagues, discuss plans for future
and take part in ever first in Narva public event featuring Russian
In 2000 a large body of Swedish reenactors came to
commemorate 300 anniversary of their victory. A monument "Swedish
Lion" was erected then. Now is our turn to honour memory of
In August 2004 it will be 300 anniversary of Russians
taking the fortress by storm. A historical festival with Great
Northern War period re-enactment is planned for August 7-8.
For further details please contact us
or directly our friends in Narva.