Siege of Nyenschantz (1656)

The fortress of Nyenschantz or Nienschanz, later Schlotburg, was founded by the Swedish King Charles IX in 1611, on lands that were annexed from Russia under the pretext of not fulfilling the Vyborg Treatise.[1]

Siege of Nyenschanz
Part of Russo-Swedish War (1656–1658)
Nyenschantz model.jpg
Model of the fortress
DateJune, 1656
Result Russian victory
Swedish Empire Muscovite Tsardom

In June 1656, the Russian voivode Pyotr Ivanovich Potemkin took Nyenschantz by storm, but after the war, both the fortress and the surrounding territories remained in Sweden.[2]

The fortress was taken by the Russians under Peter the Great, after a week of siege on May 12, 1703 (during the Great Northern War). The city was renamed Schlotburg ("castle-town").


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  2. ^ The Cambridge history of Russia. Perrie, Maureen, 1946-, Lieven, D. C. B., Suny, Ronald Grigor. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 2006. ISBN 9780521812276. OCLC 77011698.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: others (link)