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The city of Shlisselburg owes its existence to the nearby Oreshek Fortress and in recognition of this its names means "Key City" from the German, as whoever controlled the fortress held the "keys" to the Ingria. The city can be easily visited from St Petersburg and you should be able to find in Shlisselburg a local with a boat to ferry you across to the Oreshek Fortress.


Basic facts
Name in Russian Шлиссельбург
Status City in the Kirovsk District of the Leningrad Region
Location On the River Neva and Lake Ladoga
Distance 50km east of St Petersburg, 710km north-west of Moscow
Time Zone Moscow Time
Population 14,554 people (2014)
Founded 1323
Former Names Oreshek, Noteburg, Petrokrepost
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