Suomenlinna is only accessible by water so we took the ferry across - a 15 to 20 minute trip.
There were lots of schoolchildren aboard too.
The church steeple with light house on top is the first visible landmark of this sea fortress.
My sister in law lived on this island when her father was stationed there. Here she is at the door of the apartment building where they resided.
Here's the interior door on the second floor.
And the back windows she would have looked out of all those years ago.
From the information pamphlet: "Founded in 1748 on a cluster of islands off the coast of Helsinki, the Suomenlinna sea fortress is a cultural treasure. Its construction began in the 18th century, when Finland was still part of the Kingdom of Sweden."
A cruise ship passing by.
"Suomenlinna is an irregular bastion fortress constructed on uneven terrain and on separate islands."
Here are two maps in the visitor center that give you a scale of the fortress.
Tomb of Augustin Ehrensvard, who led construction.
"Suomenlinna was added to the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites in 1991, to be preserved for future generations as a unique example of the military architecture of its era."
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