Vladimir Putin viewed the documents on the construction of the fort, old maps of Crimea from the 16th and 18th centuries, and photographs showing various periods in the history of Fort Constantine.
The President also toured the makeshift soldiers’ and officers’ casemates, as well as the part of the exhibition showing the history and work of the Russian Geographical Society. Next, the President went up to the open-air platform of Fort Constantine with a view of the bay and the sea.
Construction of the earthen fort, protecting the entrance into Sevastopol Bay, began in 1778 on Alexander Suvorov’s orders. This fortification was called Fort Constantine. In 1834, a decision was made to build a stone fort in the same location, using that period’s advances in fortification. The fort played an important role during the Crimean War of 1854–1855 and the Great Patriotic War of 1941–1945.