Kiev Fortress

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Kiev Fortress
Київська фортеця
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Location 24a Hospitalna Street
Public transit access Klovska station, Palats Sportu station (Syretsko-Pecherska Line Syretsko-Pecherska Line); trolleybus

The Kiev Fortress (Ukrainian: Київська фортеця; Kyivs'ka fortetsia; Russian: Киевская крепость; Kievskaya krepost' ), also known as the Pechersk Fortress, is a generic name for the 19th century fortification buildings situated in the Ukrainian capital Kiev, that once belonged to the system of western Russian fortresses. These structures (once a united complex) were built in the Pechersk and neighbourhoods by the Russian Imperial army. Now some of the buildings are restored and turned into a museum called the Kiev Fortress, while others are in use by various military and commercial installations.

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Having lost their military importance in the 20th century, the buildings continued to be used as barracks, storage and incarceration facilities. Some of them played independent historical roles. The Kosyi Caponier ("Skew Caponier") became a prison for the political inmates in the 1900s–1920s and was later turned into a Soviet museum. Now it is the center of the modern museum. A small fortress built in 1872 on the legendary Lysa Hora ("Bald Mountain") in 1906 became a place of executions for convicted political inmates. It is now a landscape reserve and part of the museum complex.

Notable individuals who served at the fortress[edit]

Kiev Fortress Museum[edit]

Within the Kiev Fortress is the Kyiv Fortress Museum,or Kyivska Fortetsya. It is semi-underground. The museum is housed in a 19th-century building,which was formerly a wing of the fortress.[1]

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  1. ^ "Kiev Fortress Museum - Unique Semi-Underground Museum". NewMedia Holdings, Inc. Retrieved 23 January 2013. 

Coordinates: 50°26′4″N 30°31′40″E / 50.43444°N 30.52778°E / 50.43444; 30.52778