Some of the early Russian fortresses are superb historical monuments ranking as the world's best achievements in architecture. Their style, always explicit and individual, is reminiscent of the romantic exploits of the past. It is something that incarnates the heroism and courage of the Russian people, their love for the country and an immense effort dedicated to its defence and safe-guarding its interests.
Kostochkin V.V. 'Album. Feudal Architecture of Ancient Rus' - Moscow: Art, 1969