March 1, 1921
Kronstadt is German for “city of the crown,” or royal city... State city.
It was not given this name by chance. In 1704, a year after St. Petersburg was founded, Peter I ordered that a fortress be built on Kotlin Island, 29 kilometers from the future capital. The objective was to defend the capital from attack by sea, which is why Kronstadt became a “State city” and one of the mightiest fortresses along the Baltic coast.
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