Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Fortress of Suomenlinna - FINLAND - UNESCO #583

I finally got my hands on a postcard with Suomenlinna, the peculiar maritime fortress located off the coast of Helsinki. I call it peculiar because this fortress wasn't built on a island, the construction was made over a group of six small islands (the aerial view of this fortress is awesome, I hope I can have a card with that view one day). Nowadays it's a popular destination for tourists and a great picnic site. Thank you very much Wilma, with this beautiful card my UNESCO collection grows to 293, only 688 to finish and from Finland the only site missing now is the trans-boundary mega site Struve Geodetic Arc. This postcard took 2 days to arrive!
UNESCO #583 - Fortress of Suomenlinna - FINLAND
Built in the second half of the 18th century by Sweden on a group of islands located at the entrance of Helsinki's harbour, this fortress is an especially interesting example of European military architecture of the time. In 1747, when Finland was part of the Swedish realm, the Diet in Stockholm decided to build a fortress to serve as the main base for the armed forces stationed in Finland. A group of islands close to Helsinki were chosen to be the site of the fortress, which was to be called Sveaborg, the 'Fortress of Sweden', and construction began in 1748. The purpose was to link and fortify several islands so that entry into the city's harbour could be controlled.

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