Astronomical Bastion

Kaliningrad, Russia

The so-called Astronomical Bastion was part of the Königsberg fortification system. It was built between 1855-1860. The name was inherited from the adjacent observatory built by F. Bessil in the 1813. After the construction of the railway station in the 1910, the part of the bastion was destroyed.

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Founded: 1855-1860
Category: Castles and fortifications in Russia

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Андрей Е (6 months ago)
Неплохо сохранившаяся крепость/бастион. Для посещения был доступен только внутренний двор, тк все остальное сдается в аренду двум организациям. Но и его хватило что бы составить хорошее впечатление о этом месте. Вся красота кроется в деталях, своды, двери, ворота, металические/чугунные круговые лесницы, окружающая природа. Прогуливаясь вокруг крепости ненароком представляешь осаду этого бастиона, пытаясь понять что происходит внутри и снаружи, в стане обораняющих и стане врага.
Валерия Максимова (6 months ago)
Замечательное место в центре города, которое действительно сохранилось, и его можно показать гостям города, летом 2018 здесь проходил фестиваль фастфуда. Были умывальники, телевизор, много сидя их мест под тентами. Цены конечно выше среднего бизнес ланча, но здесь провести здесь обед летом шикарно, отгорожен от городской суеты никуда не уходя далеко.
Александр Павлюк (8 months ago)
Название этого бастиона (Sternwarte — Астрономический) произошло от находящейся рядом обсерватории Бесселя. Бастион Астрономический построен в 1855-1860 годах. Сейчас от бастиона остался только редюит (внутренняя часть), треугольный вал со стеной был срыт в 1910-х годах. Во времена Третьего рейха редюит бастиона принадлежал гестапо.  Лежащий по западной стороне бастион “Астрономический” образовывал во время боёв в апреле 1945 г. одну из последних оборонительных позиций немецких войск. Типичная для бастиона заостряющаяся внешняя стена и части стены, выходящие на восток нынче снесены; сохранилось полукруглое среднее сооружение, возвышающееся над всем бастионом. Оно выполнено на двух этажах и имеет мощный кирпичный свод. На нём по-прежнему земляное покрытие. Присоединяющийся с востока редут (также покрытый землёй) изображён только частично. Оконные проёмы у него теперь увеличены. Так же имеются подвальные помещения.  В подковообразном редюите находятся учебные классы, криминалистическая лаборатория и возможно был жилой отсек. Так же имеются подвалы. В прямоугольном редюите административные помещения, склад угля, тир.  В послевоенное время (1945—2000 гг) Астрономический Бастион частично использовался облвоенкоматом в качестве сборного пункта призывников. C 2000 года по 2008 год бастион «Штернварте» являлся местом постоянной дислокации калининградского ОМОНа. В марте 2008 года было сообщено, что Бастион «Астрономический» был продан рыбопромышленной компании ООО «Морская звезда», председателем совета директоров которой является депутат Государственной думы от партии Единая Россия Асанбуба Нюдербегов.
Андрей Медведев (12 months ago)
Заброшен.Построен во второй половине XIX века. Свое название получил от находившейся напротив обсерватории. В 1910 году, во время прокладки железной дороги, бастион лишился части своих строений. После войны здесь располагался сборный призывной пункт. Интересное историческое место.
X Tech (2 years ago)
Nice piece of East-Prussian military architecture. Unfortunately closed for visiting.
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