Suomenlinna (Sveaborg in Swedish) is a Finnish fortress built on six islands a few km south of Helsinki. Construction on the fortress started in 1748 under the Swedish, based on a star design influenced by the ideas of Vauban. With the conquest of Finland by Russia in 1809, the fortress passed under Russian rule and was further expanded in the 19th century. Nowadays the fortress is demilitarised and open to the public. Several ferries per day connect Suomenlinna with Helsinki. Suomenlinna has been a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1991.
01 Suomenlinna 02 Fortification
03 Coastal wall 04 Wooden bridge
05 Suomenlinna 06 Bay
07 Fortification 08 Suomenlinna
09 Bay 10 Fortification
11 Fortress 12 King gate 13 Stone wall 14 Cannon 15 Street
16 Fortress 17 Fortification 18 Fortification
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