Originally posted on Bagni di Lucca and Beyond:
Suomenlinna is made up of 8 islands just off the coast near Helsinki. The area is easily reached by ferry from the city. We have been a couple of times and we headed there on a glorius May afternoon with my Finnish cousins.
It was built during the Swedish era as a maritime fortress and a base for the Archipelago Fleet. Work started in the mid 18th century. The fortress was extended during the Russian era. After Finland gained her independence Suomenlinna became home to a coastal artillery regiment, a submarine base and the Valmet shipyard, where ships were built after WWII for Finland’s war reparations.
The fortress was handed over to civilian administration in 1973, except Pikku Mustasaari island where the naval acadamy is still located. The old buildings are still in use and restoration work continues.
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