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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 was founded by the Swedes in 1721. In its history I have seen many battles, belonged to the Swedes, then the Russians. Now it is used for festivals, concerts. In July we visited one of them, from July 17 to 21 in the fortress were like performances as part of a historical festival. We've been to the Great Contests in the Bastion. Loved the unobtrusive organization, no frames, a pleasant atmosphere. I even took to the field with a photo) Everything is calm and friendly. There was an open summer cafe on the field and everyone had enough food) Score 10 points!!! Kiitos)
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  • A fortress that is currently used for concerts and various events. Interesting to see the size of the fortress but not so much more to see unfortunately.
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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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