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Sea Fortress Of Suomenlinna

Uritsk Andrey • 4 minutes read • April 29th, 2016


Fortress is one of the main attractions of 


and one of the biggest sea fortresses in the world. In Swedish, it is called Sveaborg. Construction of the fortress began in 1748 mainly for protection from the growing threat of Russian invasion. But in 1808 the fortress capitulated, and the next 100 years it was under the sway of Russia. British and French ships bombarded it during the Crimean War of 1855. After the Finland's declaration of independence in 1917, the fortress was named Suomenlinna ("Castle of Finland"). In 1973 the castle was handed over for the civilian use, after that the large-scale restoration began. Training base of the Finnish Navy college is still located on one of the islands.

Here is how the buildings of the 

Suomenlinna Fortress

look like from the ferry which passes just a few dozen meters along its cliffs:

And now we were going to look at the island-fortress from the inside. Such nice ferries regularly run to the fortress from the central harbor of Helsinki. We sailed on the ferry called Suomenlinna-2 which was built in 2004 in Poland:

Suomenlinna Fortress is located on a group of islands connected by bridges. I do have a weakness for all sorts of fortifications.

I liked Suomenlinna - garrisons, naval bastions which kept niches for guns, and other military facilities... Here are some pictures:

There haven't been Passport Control here for a long time, but my friend still did not want to show his face to the camera.

At my own risk, I'm going down the slippery rocks directly to the water:

And here are some pictures taken inside the fortress:

This looks like floating barracks...

After climbing the bastions for a couple of hours, we came back to the central harbor of Helsinki on the same ferry.
Author: Uritsk
Translated by: Olesya Zhukova

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