Suomenlinna or Sveaborg, until 1918 Viapori, is an inhabited sea fortress built on six islands and which now forms part of the city of Helsinki, the capital of Finland.Suomenlinna is a UNESCO World Heritage site and popular with tourists and locals, who enjoy it as a picturesque picnic site. Originally named Sveaborg, or Viapori as called by Finnish-speaking Finns, it was renamed in Finnish to Suomenlinna in 1918 for patriotic and nationalistic reasons, though it is still known by its original name in Sweden and by Swedish-speaking Finns.The Swedish crown commenced the construction of the fortress in 1748 as protection against Russian expansionism. The general responsibility for the fortification work was given to Augustin Ehrensvärd. The original plan of the bastion fortress was strongly influenced by the ideas of Vauban, the foremost military engineer of the time, and the principles of star fort style of fortification, albeit adapted to a group of rocky islands.Plan to visit Suomenlinna Museum during your Helsinki vacation using our convenient Helsinki driving holiday planner.
Suomenlinna Museum reviews
The exhibition itself was nice. However, were very disappointed to find out that the movie that we had been very much looking forward to, was presented only in Finnish! Sadly watching the movie is... more »
This interesting museum is the main museum of the fortress. The permanent exhibition showcases the history of the fortress, spanning more than 260 years. The exhibition features utensils, tools... more »
This a nice place to take a stroll. It seems a little run-down, and I feel they could more to highlight this fortresse's role ancestral battles. But, the weather was beautiful, and the grounds easy to navigate.
Very interesting site to visit while in Helsigfors. Take the boat from market square and get there in 40 minutes, then take a tour around the island with ancient ruins of a castle.
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