69 years ago: Russia’s Aurora cruiser was permanently anchored in St. Petersburg

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The symbol of 1917 Revolution became a tourist attraction.

The Aurora cruiser served in the Russian Fleet from 1903. It saw action in the Russo-Japanese War (1904-1905), the Russian Civil War (1918-1922), and in both world wars. 

The Aurora is considered the principal symbol of the 1917 Revolution. According to the popular account of the uprising, the cruiser fired a blank shot to spark the Bolshevik storming of the Winter Palace, the seat of the Provisional Government. 

After WWII, the cruiser became a training base for the Nakhimov Naval Academy.

On Nov. 17, 1948, the cruiser was permanently anchored at the Petrogradskaya Embankment in central St. Petersburg and became a museum. The Aurora reopened for tourists in 2016 after nearly two years of repairs.

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