Military Heritage

Ujarma Fortress

Meet another cool, thus not very popular tourism object in Georgia - Ujarma Fortress, located some 45 km east from the nation's capital Tbilisi. It's believed than in the second half of the 5th century, famous Vakhtang Gorgasali (founder of Tbilisi) erected numerous buildings in Ujarma and moved his residence there. After Vakhtang’s death, his heir Dachi was ruling Kakheti for some period from here. In the 10th century Ujarma was destroyed by Arabian forces of Abul Kassim. In the...

Narikala Fortress

Ask anybody in Georgia - what are the must have tourist sites to visit while in Tbilisi. Narikala fortress will be a top of the list. And there is a good reason -  an ancient fortress, featuring rich history, overlooking Tbilisi, with some really spectacular views towards Tbilisi Old Town.  Spectacular view to the Narikala Fortress Above photo is shot from another monastery, located just opposite to Narikala fortress: See: Tabor monastery Inside fortress...

Estonian War of Independence Victory Column

The War of Independence Victory Column  is located in Freedom Square, Tallinn,Estonia. It was opened on 23 June 2009 as a memorial for those who fell during the Estonian War of Independence, through which the people of Estonia will be able to commemorate all those who had fought for freedom and independence. The pillar is 23.5 m high and consists of 143 glass plates. The memorial incorporates the Cross of Liberty, Estonia’s most distinguished award...

Udabno - Almost Forgotten Village in Georgian Desert

Udabno is a small village located in distance some 50 km from Tbilisi. The chances you will visit this place is huge if you are visiting one of the most famous Georgia' s landmarks - David Gareji monastery complex. The main road from Tbilisi will take you through Udabno village if you are visiting David Gareji. When I first was at Udabno back in 2011 it seemed as completely abandoned place, but at the end of December, 2015 it looked that some people are actually living here, and even a Polish...

Abandoned Airfield Near P104 (Jaunpils-Tukums) Road (Latvia)

As I stated in my previous post about beautiful poppy fields near P104 Jaunipils - Tukums road in Latvia, there is a hidden treasure inside those lovely fields - an abandoned airfield.  I doubt it has been used for any military means, more for agriculture (field spraying from a biplane). So I headed in and here is what I got: Abandoned airfield near Tukums The same concrete plates for runaway structure as seen in Skrunda Abandoned Military Ghost Town Abandoned...

Brethren Cemetery ensemble in Nīkrāce (Latvia)

It was hard for me to decide should I put this place as a tourist attraction or as a military heritage, I opted for the second one. You see, things related to WW2, especially like Brethren Cemeteries is hard to call tourist attractions, right? So, here is another one interesting place in Latvia, region of Courland you should visit some day - a memorial dedicated to fatalities of WW2. Some locals call this place just as a Mother (Latvian: Māmuļa) because of the sculpture in the middle of this...

Monument to the Sailors and Fishermen Perished in the Sea (Liepāja)

Although this monument in Liepaja (in seaside park) is dedicated to the sailors and fishermen perished in the sea I decided to add this place in military heritage category, because for me it kinda reminds something from Soviet military. Well actually this is a great example of Latvian architecture, as it turns out it's designed by local Latvian designers Alberts Terpilovskis and Gunārs Asaris. Anyway - once in Liepaja, this place is a worth of visit.in case you are heading for a lazy walk on...

The Northern Forts of Liepaja

If you just like me are into fortification systems you will definitely enjoy The Northern Forts of Liepaja. Built by Imperial Russia at the end of the 19th century and at the beginning of 20th century to provide the protection of Liepāja’s naval base in case of enemy attack. According to history - In November of 1908, Tsar Nicholas II approved a decision to shut down the sea fortress in Liepāja. It has been now over 100 years since these fortification walls doesn't function any more and...

Livonian Order Castle Ruins at Aizpute

I have always been into a digging stuff and walking around old ancient sites is just one of my favorite activities to do. Also I'm into a history. So it's no surprise I visited a site called Livonian Order Castle Ruins at Aizpute. If you are not familiar with what a Livonian Order actually is - in short: The Livonian Order was an autonomous branch of the Teutonic Order and a member of the Livonian Confederation from 1435 to 1561. If you are up to for a longer version, please read this...

Skrunda-1 Abandoned Soviet Military Ghost Town In Latvia

I have always been interested into a diggers stuff. Latvia is amazing country for diggers. Speaking of this object - Skrunda-1 ghost town, in fact I was just eager to find a place were 20 years ago a new re-born Latvian Government blasted a mighty Soviet Military radar system, I didn't find that place,  but instead  I found an abandoned ghost town - Skrunda-1. Concrete slab road heading to Skrunda - 1Look at the quality of that road even after 25 years since collapse of Soviet...