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Suomenlinna Church was built during the Russian regime, by order of Czar Nicolay 1, to function as a military church. The Alexander Nevsky garrison church was completed and inaugurated in 1854. It originally had 5 onion domes.

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After Finland gained independence the church was consecrated in 1918 as a Lutheran church. The following year the cupolas of the 4 small towers were pulled down.

The central dome doubles as a lighthouse, which is a unique combination.

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In the 1870s, the surrounding wall was made from cannons and chains that were used during the Swedish regime.

The interior of the church is simple and elegant.

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The church bell is the largest in Finland. It was cast in Moscow in 1885 and weighs 6683 kilos.

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