Friday, June 20, 2014

Fortress of Suomenlinna - FINLAND - UNESCO #583

This beautiful painting (made by Zhu Zong-Ci in 1992) shows a view of the  Suomenlinna Fortress in Helsinki, Finland. I've arranged a swap for this cards because I really liked the painting; for my surprised it arrived signed by ten postcrossers that went to the Oulu meet-up in June 13th. Thank you so much Elenna for this swap and thank you Delenna, Helia, Joika, Paavaliina, Sara, Stinap, Taavina, Tarya (and one signature I can't read) for also signing it. This postcard took 7 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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