Suomenlinna

18 Dec

Suomenlinna is a sea fortress that was built in the 18th century. This group of small islands (Kustaanmiekka, Susisaari, Iso Mustasaari, Pikku Mustasaari, Länsi-Mustasaari, Särkkä, Pormestarinluoto and Lonna) is just a short ferry ride away and it is home for around 800 people. In 1991, UNESCO claimed Suomenlinna as part of the World Heritage List for significant military architecture; this list also includes the Great Wall of China and the pyramids of Giza. This time of year, the snow covers most of the fortress, but there are still great views of the city and the sea!

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5 Responses to “Suomenlinna”

  1. bagnidilucca December 18, 2010 at 12:18 pm #

    I have only been to Suomenlinna in spring and autumn. It looks gorgeous covered in snow.

    • hellosinki December 18, 2010 at 3:50 pm #

      It was beautiful, but very cold and windy! If you visit Suomenlinna in the winter, make sure you dress in lots of warm layers!

  2. tombeidler December 18, 2010 at 5:36 pm #

    I really like the last image. I love the long Finnish sunsets.

    And yes, I agree with you; layer, layer, layer, it do get chilly.

    • hellosinki December 18, 2010 at 8:59 pm #

      It’s true–Finnish sunsets are something special! They almost make up for the fact that there is so little actual daylight…almost.

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    […] Suomenlinna is a sea fortress that was built in the 18th century. This group of small islands (Kustaanmiekka, Susisaari, Iso Mustasaari, Pikku Mustasaari, Länsi-Mustasaari, Särkkä, Pormestarinluoto and Lonna) is just a short ferry ride away and it is home for around 800 people. In 1991, UNESCO claimed Suomenlinna as part of the World Heritage List for significant military architecture; this list also includes the Great Wall of China and the pyram … Read More […]

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