Historical Swedish-Russian Battle Reenacted at Narva Fortress
History buffs in Narva this weekend reenacted a Great Northern War battle that took place between Sweden and Russia in 1704.
The event, part of Narva's annual history festival, began Saturday and ended on Sunday with the signing of a peace treaty, ETV reported. Festival-goers tried out firing muskets and became acquainted with the lifestyle of a historic Estonian village, set up at the Narva fortress.
Enthusiasts from Russia, Latvia, Finland and Ukraine were present and local organizers have worked to capitalize on the event to boost tourism.
One regiment leader, Boris Migorsky from St. Petersburg, said: "It's a hobby just like any other, whether it be fishing, football or stamp collecting. Everyone has his own hobby. I and my friends - and others who like war history, costumes and old weapons - try to learn how it was in practice.”
During the Great Northern War, which lasted from 1700 to 1721, the two sides met in Narva twice - once in 1700 and again in 1704. The second battle turned the tide against the Swedes, who eventually lost their Baltic holdings to their eastern rival.