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Brest (Брэст)

The westernmost major city in Belarus, Brest sits on the Polish frontier, functioning as the country's major rail hub with Western and Central Europe. A majority Polish city up until the end of World War II, it was reduced to cinders by Nazi invasion under Operation Barbarossa, during which the Soviet defenders of its medieval fortress held out for some six weeks without outside support. Its Polish population expelled following the war, Brest and its fortress became honored alongside the twelve Soviet "Hero Cities" of World War II for the resistance that took place there.
Arriving off the rails from Minsk
Arriving off the rails from Minsk
Brest's Passenger Train Terminal from above
Brest's Passenger Train Terminal from above
Brest's central train station and rail lines
Brest's central train station and rail lines
Orthodox Cathedral of St. Simon
Orthodox Cathedral of St. Simon
The low-rise sprawl of Brest viewed from Hotel Intourist
The low-rise sprawl of Brest viewed from Hotel Intourist
Ground-level view of the cathedral
Ground-level view of the cathedral
Long approach to Brest Fortress
Long approach to Brest Fortress
Just within the concrete gate
Just within the concrete gate
Roses within the memorial park
Roses within the memorial park
Visitors checking out the Soviet tanks
Visitors checking out the Soviet tanks
Valor Monument and Nikalaivsky Church
Valor Monument and Nikalaivsky Church
Remnants of old castle structures
Remnants of old castle structures
Thirst statue in the park
"Thirst" statue in the park
View along the length of the statue
View along the length of the statue
Valor Monument and castle ruins
Valor Monument and castle ruins
Brest Fortress Park's sky-piercing obelisk
Brest Fortress Park's sky-piercing obelisk
Defence of Brest Fortress Museum
Defence of Brest Fortress Museum
Eternal flame for the Soviet Hero Cities
Eternal flame for the Soviet Hero Cities
Relief on the back of the Valor Monument
Relief on the back of the Valor Monument
Hero Cities Memorial
Hero Cities Memorial
Preserved castle ruins and Brest Art Museum
Preserved castle ruins and Brest Art Museum
Beside the Valor Monument
Beside the Valor Monument
Valor Monument and Obelisk
"Valor" Monument and Obelisk
View across the Eternal Flame to Nikalaivsky Church
View across the Eternal Flame to Nikalaivsky Church
View of the top of the obelisk
View of the top of the obelisk
Soviet artillery on the grounds
Soviet artillery on the grounds
Nikalaivsky Church
Nikalaivsky Church
Interior side of the Kholmskie Gate
Interior side of the Kholmskie Gate
Artillery and the park centerpiece
Artillery and the park centerpiece
Bridge over from the Bereste Archaeological Museum
Bridge over from the Bereste Archaeological Museum
Artillery-peppered Kholmskie Gate
Artillery-peppered Kholmskie Gate
Nikalaivsky Church and obelisk
Nikalaivsky Church and obelisk
Front entrance to the modern church
Front entrance to the modern church
Flowers along a park bridge
Flowers along a park bridge
Brick path leading back to the entrance
Brick path leading back to the entrance
Algae-infested old moat
Algae-infested old moat
Swampy arm of the Mukhavets River
Swampy arm of the Mukhavets River
Praspekt Masherava
Praspekt Masherava
World War II memorial off pr. Masherava
World War II memorial off pr. Masherava
Main gate into St. Simon's Cathedral
Main gate into St. Simon's Cathedral
Brest's old low-rise central core
Brest's old low-rise central core
Historic corner shop
Historic corner shop
Old flat on vul. Karla Marxa
Old flat on vul. Karla Marxa
Central Brest
Central Brest
Intersection of Karla Marxa & Budyennaha
Intersection of Karla Marxa & Budyennaha
Stately old corner building
Stately old corner building
Lining up for some kvas
Lining up for some kvas
Solo biker on pl. Lenina
Solo biker on pl. Lenina
Pointing Lenin statue, pl. Lenina
Pointing Lenin statue, pl. Lenina
View across barren pl. Lenina
View across barren pl. Lenina
Oi! Why's that church still standing?
"Oi! Why's that church still standing?"
Rustic wooden house on Levatevskaha
Rustic wooden house on Levatevskaha
Restored wooden house, vul. Levatevskaha
Restored wooden house, vul. Levatevskaha
Over the rails near Brest train station
Over the rails near Brest train station
Abandoned kvas tank
Abandoned kvas tank
Partly painted house on vul. Mayakavskaha
Partly painted house on vul. Mayakavskaha
Main approach to Brest central terminal
Main approach to Brest central terminal
Restored Church of St. Nikolaiv
Restored Church of St. Nikolaiv
Domes of St. Nikolaiv Church
Domes of St. Nikolaiv Church
The local Brestskoe lager
The local Brestskoe lager