BREST, 21 March (BelTA) – The Brest Fortress expects its 25-millionth visitor in 2019, Director of the Brest Fortress Memorial Complex Grigory Bysyuk told journalists as he attended a presentation of books on the history and relics of the fortress, BelTA has learned.
The Brest Fortress Memorial Complex is one of the most popular tourist sites of Brest Oblast and Belarus. Since 1956, the fortress on the Bug River has been visited by over 24 million tourists and the memorial expects its 25-millionth visitor in 2019. In 2018, citizens of 51 countries from almost all continents came to the Brest Fortress. The most frequent visitors are tourists from Russia, Ukraine, Poland, Germany, Baltic states.
Three books were presented in the memorial complex. “The book ‘Historical Heritage of Brest Fortress. People and Destinies' is a collection of reminiscences of the Brest Fortress defenders and their children who witnessed the dramatic events of June 1941. The book ‘March 2018. At the Turning Point of History' deals with the Brest Peace Treaty. This topic is still interesting today, over 100 years after, especially if we take into account that the treaty was signed in the White Palace of the Brest Fortress,” Grigory Bysyuk said.
The catalog ‘Relics of Museum's Holdings' was the third book presented at the meeting. This is the first illustrated book which contains pictures of the most precious exhibits of the memorial complex. The illustrated 60-pages book provides information about some 130 items while the holdings of the museum possess over 90,000 exhibits.
The book was created by the staff of the Brest Fortress in cooperation with Brest State A.S. Pushkin University. The results will be interesting to historians, staff of museums, students.
The work on the second catalog has already begun. It will be dedicated to the works of artists featuring the legendary fortress on the Bug, the Great Patriotic War. Plans are in place to publish the catalog in 2019. It will also be timed to the 75th anniversary of Belarus' liberation from German invaders.
“This topic is reflected in the Museum of Defense, ‘Museum of War - Territory of Peace' exposition, the Chronicle of the Brest Fortress. We will also hold a number of events dedicated to this. It is important to visit the fortress, commemorate the heroes, think on the necessity to preserve peace,” Grigory Bysyuk added.More about Society