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Museums & Galleries
Very little remains of Brest Fortress...
There are a couple of excellent museums in the city centre...
An interesting sight is the outdoor Museum of Railway Technology, where there's a superb collection of locomotives and carriages dating from 1903 (the Moscow-Brest Express with shower rooms and a very comfy main bed...
Behind the Valour rock in the Brest Fortress complex is the attractive Byzantine Nikalaivsky Church, the oldest in the city, which dates from when the town centre occupied the fortress site...
Heading south inside the Brest Fortress, there's the Brest Art Museum, which showcases local arts and crafts...
In an unassuming white building, the two-storey History of Brest Museum has a small exhibit on the city in its different guises throughout history, including an excellent model of the Brest Fortress in its heyday.
With its gold cupolas and yellow-and-blue façades shining gaily in the sunshine, the finely detailed 200-year-old Orthodox St Nikolaiv Church is one of several lovely churches in Brest.
Just a block west of Hotel Intourist is the peach-and-green St Simon Orthodox Cathedral, built in 1865 in the Russian Byzantine style (the gold on the cupolas was added in 1997).
Landmarks & Monuments
On pl Lenina, a statue of Lenin faces east towards Moscow, but it appears to be pointing accusatorily across the street to the 1856 St Christopher's Polish Catholic Church.
Inside Brest Fortress is the Defence of Brest Fortress Museum . Its extensive and dramatic exhibits demonstrate aptly the plight of the defenders.
Beyond the Kholmskie Gate in the Brest Fortress is the small Bereste Archaeological Museum which exhibits several log cabins found on land nearby.
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