The moat around the fortress

The cleaning of the Brest Fortress by-pass channel. A foto of 2000.The construction of the moat was started along with that of the fortress. Its length is 6 kilometres. It had an elaborate system of locks. The banks were clad with stones. That made not only an obstacle, a barrier on the way of a possible enemy, but also a place for fish farming, boating and swimming. The water level in the moat was constantly maintained .

In the course of the years, the moat became clogged and the lock system got out of order.

The cleaning of the Brest Fortress by-pass channel. A foto of 2000.In August 1997, the Coordinating Council on the protection of tangible and intangible heritage by the Brest Regional Executive Committee made up a decision to clean up the moat. The cleaning work was done by Mobile Mechanical Column-19 from Zhabinka. The works under the water were carried out by divers of the Brest river port. While cleaning the moat in 1998-2001, 187 artefacts were found, which joined the collection of the defence museum. Also 129 explosive objects were removed and destroyed by servicemen.