The Kronstadt Fortress. Dialogue about the Future: France — Russia

14:30 — 16:00
General Staff Building 6/8 Palace sq., St. Petersburg

Both France and Russia have outstanding fortification schools. Thus, the French fortification school reached its prime in the second half of the 17th century and became number one in Europe. That was achieved because of a very talented engineer, Marshal of France Sébastien de Vauban. Thirteen fortification complexes along the western, northern and eastern borders of France are the best samples of Sébastien Le Prestre de Vauban architectural creativity. He was a military engineer under Louis XIV and made a big contribution to development of fortification construction not only in Europe but also on the American continent as well as in Russia, Turkey, Vietnam and Japan. It is generally accepted that systematized fortification began with him.

The following representatives of the Russian and French sides will take part in "The Kronstadt Fortress. Dialogue about the Future: France — Russia" roundtable: chief officers and personnel of the Kronstadt district administration, St. Petersburg, Consulate General of France in St. Petersburg, St. Petersburg Union of Architects, Federal State Budget Cultural Institution "Agency for the Management and Use of Historical and Cultural Monuments", teachers of the St. Petersburg Stieglitz State Academy of Art and Design, CEO of organizations and institutions participating in the project for creation of the master plan for development of the island of Kotlin and the city of Kronstadt. The following will be discussed at the roundtable: the first results of training students at the RE-School in Kronstadt, sharing international experience in preservation of cultural heritage — fortification sites as well as planning further cooperation and interaction in museum affairs and promotion of Russian and French historical heritage.