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Modlin Fortress.
It looks seemingly like a plain brick building, but it is the longest building in Europe, it surrounds the central part of the Modlin fortress located close to Warsaw.

The first fortifications in this site were built in 1656 by the Swedish armies during the Swedish invasion called the Swedish Deluge (1655-1660). It was a star-shaped fortified military camp located close to the confluence of two rivers: the Narew and the Vistula.
These fortifications have not survived until today, only in 1806 Napoleon Bonaparte ordered the construction of the fort, the construction began in early 1807 according to the plans of French architects.
After 1815 the fortress found itself in Congress Poland, a state which was a part of the Russian Empire. After 1830 the Russians managed the fortress and expanded it. After World War I the fortress was taken over by the Poles, they modernized Modlin's bunkers, forts and armaments. Modlin fortress was the place of the Battle of Modlin during the German Invasion of Poland in 1939.

Modlin is located 34 km north of Warsaw, the total area of the fortress is about 58 hectares.

In my photo you can see the longest barracks building in Europe, it is 2250 m long and in the time of peace lived in it up to 20 thousand soldiers. During a siege it could serve even for 60-100 thousand people.

From the ground it is impossible to take a look at the entire fortress, its size is best seen from a plane or in satellite images, in the WS I have posted a fortress map.

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