Where to Spend Defenders of the Fatherland Day in St. Petersburg
Where do you go to experience the Defenders of the Fatherland Day in St. Petersburg aka to the locals as Men’s Day? If you don’t know what this day is all about, take a detour to find out more and come back when you finish!
The Artillery Museum
The museum started in 1703 as a store-room in the Peter and Paul Fortress where Peter the Great decided to display the military hardware. The Tsar himself chose the most interesting pieces to preserve in his store-room and the collection has now grown to over 800,000 exhibits. These exhibits include historical weapons used in famous battles, monuments and memorabilia to the great Defenders of the Fatherland. Don’t miss an opportunity to take a Men’s Day selfie in front of the tanks and missile launchers on the yard just outside of the museum.
Open Wed – Sun, 11 am – 6 pm
Ticket office closes at 5 pm
Monument to the Heroic Defenders of Leningrad
A powerful monument to the heroes of the city (the sailors, soldiers, and even the citizens) who defended the city despite the hunger and odds that were stacked against them. Be sure to go to the underground exhibition on the Siege of Leningrad.
Visit the monument at any time. It’s always open to the public.
The Siege Exhibition is open Thurs-Mon, 11 am – 6 pm and Tues from 11 am – 5 pm.
Hours may differ on the Defenders of the Fatherland Day.
Closed Wednesdays and the last Tuesday of each month.
Nearest metro: Moskovskaya
D2-Narodovolets and C-189 Submarines
These submarines played a pivotal role in the victory over the Nazis in WWII as they were able to sneak below and pick off the enemy ship by ship. Go on board and see what the life of a ‘silent’ defender was like.
Open Wed – Thurs, 11 am – 6 pm
Hours may differ on Defenders of the Fatherland Day.
Nearest metro: Neither of these submarines are located near a metro but both are on Vasilevsky Island. The D2-Narodovolets is situated near an up and coming area of the center that often has pop-up shops and flea markets happening nearby.
The first fort built specifically to protect the city from invasion by sea. In WWII, this Russian naval base had the Nazis breathing down their necks as they worked overtime (18 to 20-hour days) to not only repair damaged ships but also defend the city and keep the Nazis at bay. Without Kronstadt, it’s likely that the city would have fallen to the enemy.
In 2009, President Dmitry Medvedev honored the city with the status of “A City of Military Glory” for the “courage, endurance and mass heroism, exhibited by the defenders of the city in the struggle for freedom and independence of the Motherland”. Be sure to stop by the Wall of Glory commemorating those who defended Kronstadt and Leningrad from the Nazis.
Kronstadt is a little less than an hour long car ride from St. Petersburg and is worth a visit.
There are many historical buildings to visit there not to mention the Naval Cathedral that is one of the most beautiful cathedrals I have ever seen. Don’t miss it!