Trip Start Jul 07, 2010
Trip End Aug 05, 2010

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Flag of Finland  , Southern Finland,
Saturday, July 31, 2010

Took a ferry to Suomenlinna, the sea fortress near Helsinki. It was built by Sweden (and named Sveaborg) to defend Baltic from Russia, then Russia took over the fortress, expanded it and used it to protect Baltic from Sweden and its allies, and finally the fortress came into Finland's possession.
It's a very quiet, tranquil place, full of rolling hills (concealing Russian fortifications), old walls, overgrown with grass (back from Swedish times) and a few private houses, where ~700 Finns live in the present day.
First I walked around the fortress by myself, then took a guided tour, then had a pizza inside some old bastion and hung out some more :)
What's interesting, is how much the fortress contributed to growth and wellbeing of Helsinki, which used to be a tiny fishing village when the fortress was founded in 1748. With the protection of the fortress, the city grew considerably and attracted the rich as the nobility. Suomenlinna was even a cultural center of Finland at that time.
After the visit to Suomenlinna, I dropped my stuff off at the hostel and went to see a movie.
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juliettka on

What movie did you see? :)

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