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Hamina Fortress, Hamina

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Hamina Fortress is located in Finland on the coast of the Gulf of Finland and it is an integral part of the Hamina city centre. Hamina fortress is a Star fort, representing the Renaissance ideal city embodied by Palmanova city in northeastern Italy.
The location of the fortress used to be the marketplace of the Vehkalahti, which had received city rights in 1653 under the name of Vehkalahden Uusikaupunki. The city was destroyed in the Great Northern War in 1712. The construction of the fortress began by Swedish general Axel von Löwen after the Treaty of Nystadt in early 1720s. Von Löwen wanted to prevent the Russian advance into the Gulf of Finland as envisioned by the Tsar Peter the Great, who wanted to open the sea routes for Russia. Alongside the Hamina fortress the construction of another fortress also began in Lappeenranta.
Protected by the six bastions, named after other Finnish fortified cities, of the fortress the garrison was responsible for defending the city and the coastal road.
After the Russo–Swedish War of 1741–1743 the still-unfinished fortress had to surrender to Russian troops and the area was annexed by Russia. General Alexander Suvorov continued the construction of the fortress.
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  • The fortress is very large. Where you came or came by the signs-only part of it, which was restored best. The fortress itself overlooks the sea and surrounds the whole town. Therefore, of course, it is best to walk around it in good weather. Plus there are interesting events and concerts.
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  • He began building the castle in those times when these were places of Sweden. Then the fortifications was captured by Russian troops. The new owners returned the almaklat building and improved defense of the city. However, every effort was in vain, as soon as I moved the border to the West and the castle was in a deep depth. This need has vanished, so the old buildings has been adapted for the accommodation of military school. Madi martial Fort reminds us of the many weapons deployed on its territory.
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  • Whether it's handsome forts. Nice that have been retained.
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  • The culture of the target, I recommend to visit.
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