Suomenlinna is one of the world’s largest historical maritime fortresses. Built on six islands in the 1700s, the garrison town is among the most popular sights in Finland and a living district that is home to around 850 city residents. Suomenlinna has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1991. With its museums and events, Suomenlinna offers a unique experience for visitors of all ages, who can also enjoy idyllic cafes and cosy restaurants. Children can have a great time exploring the many tunnels of the old fortress. It is good to reserve at least half a day for a visit to Suomenlinna. The vast fortress is best explored on foot, so prepare for some hiking with good shoes and a windbreaker. Suomenlinna is open year-round, although some facilities are open only in the summer months. The municipal ferry to Suomenlinna departs from the Market Square throughout the year. In summertime you can also take a JT-Line waterbus from the Market Square. The journey takes around fifteen minutes.
Located on islands off Helsinki, Suomenlinna is a unique historical monument and one of the largest maritime fortresses in the world. Its history is closely entwined with that of Finland and the Baltic region. Helsinki can also thank Suomenlinna for its early growth and prosperity.
1748 Construction of the fortress begins under the command of Augustin Ehrensvärd.
1808 The Finnish war begins. Viapori surrenders to the Russian army with almost no resistance.
1809 Treaty of Hamina. Sweden cedes Finland to Russia.
1855 Crimean War and bombardment of Viapori. Anglo-French fleet bombards the fortress, which is badly damaged.
1917 Russian revolution. Finland declares independence on 6 December 1917.
1918 Fortress is given the name Suomenlinna (Finland’s Fortress) and after the civil war is a prison camp.
1919 Suomenlinna becomes a Finnish garrison.
1973 Military period of the fortress ends. The Governing Body of Suomenlinna, operating under the Ministry of Education; Suomenlinna is handed over to civilian administration.
1991 UNESCO admits Suomenlinna to the World Heritage List.
1998 250th anniversary of Suomenlinna.
1999 Suomenlinna was awarded a medal by Europa Nostra for the quality of its restoration and revitalisation of the fortress. (Source: Helsinki.fi & soumenlinna.fi)
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ktanska (25505) 2009-04-06 0:43
That old gun is well placed facing almost towards camera. Great place so close to city, isn't it. Stone walls and Finnish flag give good idea of the place.
ChrisJ (102721) 2009-04-06 0:45
A superb blue sky, with good sharpness, colour, contrast & saturation. The walking track between the fg cannon, & the bg fort, links the dual focal points together nicely. Tfs!
rikko77 (10861) 2009-04-06 0:58
good shot of Suomenlinna and very good note to tell us something on this nice, pleasant part of Helsinki.
Have a nice day!
bakes888 (18499) 2009-04-06 1:30
Hi George. Great photo. Well composed for depth and balance. Good colours, I love the deep blue sky. Nice work and thanks for sharing.
Have a good week, Paul.
dip (23820) 2009-04-06 1:52
wonderful image with great clarity and sharpness,excellent lighting and amazing colors,
interesting and informative note too,
ophelcia (0) 2009-04-06 2:02
It's a perfect placement of the details, flag in the middle, cannon on the left - superb:)
ymrk (14955) 2009-04-06 2:28
Beautiful blue of sky,and very well outlook in this place!Have a nice day!
amaryllis (35561) 2009-04-06 2:41
une superbe netteté sur cette forteresse avec ce canon au premier plan, donc un cadrage parfait, un ciel bleu et un bon format vertical
Photo65Net (43120) 2009-04-06 3:26
Nice compo, with very good use of the old gun.
I like the technicals here.
Have a nice day,
carper (96) 2009-04-06 3:46
very nice photo here George,
nice balance in the shot, good composition, fine details, a good photo job, have a good day.
siolaw (38292) 2009-04-06 4:17
After long time!
Nice compo heere with the cannon doing a good FG and just missing the viewer! I like the strong colors and the wide DOF keeping everything in focus.
snunney (88281) 2009-04-06 4:22
I very much like the point of view and framing in this fine composition. The canon certainly catches the eye before we move naturally diagonally towards the fort in the background and then the flag. Superb natural colours and excellent sharpness.
jlbrthnn (76037) 2009-04-06 5:16
Interesting history of this fortress, and spectacular photograph with this open mouth, fortunately now inoffensive, which creates depth. Beautiful light, good clearness. Congratulations.
Have a nice day
JanD (0) 2009-04-06 5:17
Wonderful gun. Amazing fortress. Nice light and colors.
Original vertical work.
Buin (42360) 2009-04-06 6:16
A really artmospheric place and photo as well. This canon is placed very well here in the picture and it underlines the menacing impression of of these strong walls in the background.
Greeting from sunshine and 17°C!
TGULUMSER (13252) 2009-04-06 6:32
Your presentation of this historical place with an excellent POV is very nice. Very clear view with wonderful colors,
Cretense (68691) 2009-04-06 8:48
Excellent architecture photo, as always! Great framing and composition, very interesting foreground and background, excellent light managment and beautiful colours! Congratulations!
portmanndominic (2400) 2009-04-06 8:54
Good evening Budapest and Georges of course
nice sumer mood , good colors natural and well contrasted
I like your general manage of his historical place
vasilpro (41091) 2009-04-06 9:23
Nice composition, nice colors, useful informations, very good presentation.
Have a nice evening, Vasilis.
saxo042 (37602) 2009-04-06 9:34
Excellent sharpness in this photo, and a very good POV. A very well balanced composition of this old fortress, built by the Swedes in the 18th century. It was called Sveaborg in those days. Now it is exactly 200 years since the eastern part of Sweden was lost. I guess that the independant Finland is now just as happy without their western neighbour...
rey316 (24) 2009-04-06 11:47
Thanks for the interesting information and beautiful snapshot of the fortress. Beautiful composition with good details and the blue sky
xavshot (69835) 2009-04-06 13:00
beaux contrastes dans les couleurs de l'image; Le choix du POV est bien vu.
lousat (81017) 2009-04-06 15:16
Hi George,another time i'm surprising from the impressive sharpness of your pic! This is really fantastic,top quality on the colors too and perfect choice of POV to show at the best this nice place. My best compliments,have a nice day,Luciano
paura (47166) 2009-04-06 18:39
Very nice one, friend. I do not understand why they did so much war everywhere in the world. Excellent POV.
dareco (17134) 2009-04-06 19:36
Excellent lighting and detail!!! Good composition and an interesting post. TFS
jjcordier (78360) 2009-04-06 21:59
Beau cadrage et belle profondeur de champ, le tout sous une très belle lumière. Une photo canon (à double titre -))
hay_kes (30836) 2009-04-06 22:54
Very interesting shot vith excellent POV, colours and light.TFS.
Have a nice day,
danyy (0) 2009-04-06 22:59
le tour de cette capitale européenne moins connue continue avec une page d'histoire et une belle photo nette et colorée.
Bien pensés le cadrage et le POV avec ce canon à l'avant-plan.
jemaflor (88097) 2009-04-07 11:06
Good shot, interesting subject, good composition and lovely light and colours, well done.
AiresSantos (56155) 2009-04-08 0:46
Fine view of Suomenlinna fortress with excellent colours and light management
I like your POV and how you framed it
TFS and have a nice day
pablominto (53744) 2009-04-08 0:54
Another fine capture in this interesting series!
I notice you had the best possible light during your stay in Finland, and the colours are really outstanding...
A fine composition, where the old iron gun is a natural eye-catcher!
- Copyright: George Rumpler (Budapestman) (82620)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2005-08-19
- Categories: Castles, Nature, Architecture
- Camera: Canon Ixus 50
- Exposure: f/5.6, 1/640 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Discovery of Helsinki [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2009-04-06 0:38