Photographer's Note

This is one of ancient Izborsk Fortress towers. On the wall you can see ornamental cross. Ancient people believed that cross can protect them against enemies. There are three crosses preserved up to date.
I made a simple picture montage so you can see where one of the cross is.

Global Heritage Fund (GHF) is leading a major conservation effort to save one of the last remaining ancient fortresses which protected Russias since its founding in 500AD. Izborsk Fortress unassailable walls and organized defenses stopped the many advancing armies of German, Swedish, Polish, Lithuanian and other invaders, and along with sister fortress of Pskov, is famous in Russian history for saving the empires Western Frontier.

Izborsk Fortress has survived for over 1,500 years due to its excellent engineering, monumental construction and continual restoration and improvements by Russian engineers and architects until the 16th century when it was abandoned.

Izborsk Fortress

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Additional Photos by Oleg Kuznetsov (osub) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 28 W: 0 N: 264] (1663)
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