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A Fought-After Russian Fortress

By Linda Tancs

The Neva River is a storied attraction in Saint Petersburg, hosting its fair share of romantic walks along the granite embankment.  Only 46 miles long, the river flows from Lake Ladoga to the Gulf of Finland.  Perhaps even more storied is the Shlisselburg Fortress, located near the head of the river not far from this popular city.  The site has been fortified for over 800 years, hosting bloody battles between the Swedish and Novogorod Republic for possession.  Russia obviously won.  Nowadays the fortress plays host to an annual rock concert, but its gloomy past as a political prison is also on display at the political prisoners exhibition.

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