Must-see attractions in Brest

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    Museum of Railway Technology

    The outdoor Museum of Railway Technology has a superb collection of locomotives and carriages dating from 1903 (eg the Moscow–Brest Express, with shower…

  • Brest Fortress

    During Operation Barbarossa in the early days of the Great Patriotic War (WWII), a small band of soldiers gallantly held off a superior Nazi force at…

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    St Nicholas Garrison Church

    Behind the Courage monument in the Brest Fortress complex is this attractive Byzantine church, which dates from when the town centre occupied the fortress…

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    Courage Monument

    Dominating the middle of Brest Fortress is this iconic, monolithic stone statue of a soldier's head projecting from a massive rock, next to a skyscraping…

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    Museum of War, Territory of Peace

    Built into the southern bastion of the Brest Fortress, this is the newest museum within the complex, focusing on WWII. It's modern and visual and has…

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    Museum of Confiscated Art

    This museum has an extraordinary display of mostly 17th- to 18th-century icons, jewellery, antique furniture and Chinese porcelain seized from smugglers…

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    Bereste Archaeological Museum

    Pass through Kholmskie Gate in the Brest Fortress, cross a bridge and you'll spot the Bereste Archaeological Museum on the right. It's a large covered…

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    Defence of Brest Hero-Fortress Museum

    Inside Brest Fortress, this large museum provides a more than comprehensive look at every minute detail of the fortress's long history and the siege for…

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    St Nicholas Brotherly Church

    With its gold cupolas and yellow-and-blue facades shining gaily in the sunshine, this finely detailed 200-year-old Orthodox church is one of several…

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    Brest Fortress Main Entrance

    The entrance to Brest Fortress is an iconic tunnel in the shape of a huge socialist star; sombre music accompanies your passage through the tunnel.

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    Thirst Statue

    On the grounds of the Brest Fortress, this classic piece of socialist realism depicts a water-starved soldier crawling for a drink.

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    After you pass through the Brest Fortress main entrance, you'll see some tanks on your left, often with kids clambering over them. A truck here sells old…

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    History of Brest Museum

    In an unassuming white building, the two-storey History of Brest Museum has a small exhibit on the city throughout history, including an excellent model…

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    St Simeon Orthodox Cathedral

    Just a block west of Hotel Intourist is the peach-and-green St Simeon Orthodox Cathedral, built in 1865 in the Russian Byzantine style (the gold on the…

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    Kholmskie Gate

    This brick gate built into the southern bastion of Brest Fortress is decorated with crenellated turrets, and its outer face is riddled with hundreds of…

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    White Palace

    On the grounds of the Brest Fortress are the brick ruins of the White Palace, where the 1918 Treaty of Brest-Litovsk was signed, marking Russia's exit…

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    Monument to Brest's Millennium

    This 15m-high monument was built for Brest's millennial celebrations in 2019. It's a popular meeting place and features an impressive number of sculptures.

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    Regional Art Museum

    Inside the Brest Fortress, the museum showcases local arts and crafts created by Brest citizens.