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Exploring the Abandoned “Plague Fort” in Kronstadt, Russia

For more photos and videos from Fort Alexander I, explore the Форт «Император Александр I» (Чумной) location page.

In the Gulf of Finland, a tiny fortified island sits quietly off the coast of Kronstadt, Russia. The Russian military constructed Fort Alexander I in 1845 as a way to guard the waters near Saint Petersburg. Although the fort played a key role in resisting military tensions of the time, it was never used in actual battles. By the late 1800s, the entire island was handed over to the Imperial Institute of Experimental Medicine (currently known as the Institute of Experimental Medicine of the Russian Academy of Medical Sciences), who then converted the fort into a research laboratory for plague and other bacterial diseases. Known as the “Plague Fort,” the facility is currently preserved as a public sightseeing destination that provides mysterious, abandoned spaces to capture by visiting and local Instagrammers alike.

10 most impressive natural landmarks in Russia

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Astronomicheskiy Glacier, Inostrantseva Gulf Matochkin Shar
Cape Zhelaniya (under Severny Ice Cap) Matochkin Shar
Chapel overlooking Matochkin Shar


Novaya Zemlya aka number one on travel bucket list (via)


Чем занят? [chem zànyat] - What are you doing?
Снимаю селфи. [snimàyu sèlfi] - Taking a selfie.

Это же просто зелёный квадрат. [èhta zhi pròsta zilònyj kvadràt] - It’s just a green square.
Какой фильтр мне лучше выбрать? [kakòj fìl’tr mne lùchshi v`ybrat’] - Which filter should I use?


Learning Russian

Reaction to marriage of ‘two brides’ in Moscow shows challenges ahead

Russian society is becoming more tolerant, but patriarchal attitudes remain… 

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Dolgans, indigenous people in Krasnoyarsk Krai federal subject of Russia (northern Siberia) © Bryan & Cherry Alexander Photography / ArcticPhoto