Suomenlinna (Sveaborg)

This is the Ferry that goes to Suomenlinna, if you have a valid card for the Helsinki transit system it is valid for the fare.

This is the Ferry that goes to Suomenlinna, if you have a valid card for the Helsinki transit system it is valid for the fare.

Most, if not all of the six islands are connected by bridges.

Most, if not all of the six islands are connected by bridges.

 

This is the entrance to the Fortress when you arrive on the ferry. Above the entry is the old Swedish shield "Tre Kronor" and you can see how the Three gold crowns in the shiled was pried away, presumably by the Russians when they took it over.

This is the entrance to the Fortress when you arrive on the ferry. Above the entry is the old Swedish shield “Tre Kronor” and you can see how the Three gold crowns in the shiled was pried away, presumably by the Russians when they took it over.

Here is a closeup of one of the buildings on one of the islands, most buildings are built out of stone with thick walls to withstand artillery hits.

Here is a closeup of one of the buildings on one of the islands, most buildings are built out of stone with thick walls to withstand artillery hits.

A view of one of the fortified seawalls with artillery pieces on top of it.

A view of one of the fortified seawalls with artillery pieces on top of it.

A closeup of the artillery pieces on one of the walls facing the bay of Finland. The whole fortress is built with fairly low buildings and heavily fortified as to be able to better withstand shelling from enemy artillery.

A closeup of the artillery pieces on one of the walls facing the bay of Finland. The whole fortress is built with fairly low buildings and heavily fortified as to be able to better withstand shelling from enemy artillery.

Here is a closeup of one of the buildings on one of the islands, most buildings are built out of stone with thick walls to withstand artillery hits.

Here is a closeup of one of the buildings on one of the islands, most buildings are built out of stone with thick walls to withstand artillery hits.

A view from one of the six islands to the next one.

A view from one of the six islands to the next one.

The island fortress was the home of a part of the Swedish Navy called "Skärgårdsflottan" (the Army's navy direct translation). It existed during the years 1756 - 1823 and was formed out of the need for smaller, faster and more maneuverable ships for combat in the archipelagos of Sweden and Finland. This is a picture of an actual dry dock that was built on the island to repair ships for the Swedish Navy.

The island fortress was the home of a part of the Swedish Navy called “Skärgårdsflottan” (the Army’s navy direct translation). It existed during the years 1756 – 1823 and was formed out of the need for smaller, faster and more maneuverable ships for combat in the archipelagos of Sweden and Finland. This is a picture of an actual dry dock that was built on the island to repair ships for the Swedish Navy.

Another view of the drydock and shipyard on one of the islands.

Another view of the drydock and shipyard on one of the islands.

This is the tomb of Count Augustin Ehrenswärd, the inscription is in Swedish and translated it reads: Here rests Count Augustin Ehrenswärd, Field Marshal, Knight and Commander of His Majesty's Order Surrounded by his accomplishments Sveaborgs Fortress Army's Navy. The monument was designed after his death by then King Gustav III himself. Ehresnwärd was an Military Officer, a Military Architect and also an artist. He was elected a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in 1739 the same year the academy was founded.

This is the tomb of Count Augustin Ehrenswärd, the inscription is in Swedish and translated it reads:
Here rests Count Augustin Ehrenswärd, Field Marshal, Knight and Commander of His Majesty’s Order
Surrounded by his accomplishments Sveaborgs Fortress Army’s Navy.
The monument was designed after his death by then King Gustav III himself.
Ehresnwärd was a Military Officer, a Military Architect and also an artist. He was elected a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in 1739 the same year the academy was founded.

Ehrenswärds tomb from the front.

Ehrenswärds tomb from the front.

Here is the Courtyard where Count Augustin Ehrenswärd's tomb is located. It is surrounded by adminstrative buildings in one of which I would assume he had an office when he was alive.

Here is the Courtyard where Count Augustin Ehrenswärd’s tomb is located. It is surrounded by adminstrative buildings in one of which I would assume he had an office when he was alive.

This shows the thickness of the fortress walls.

This shows the thickness of the fortress walls.

Opening for a gun or artillery piece in one of the fortress walls.

Opening for a gun or artillery piece in one of the fortress walls.

One of the six islands that the fortress Suomenlinna or in Swedish Sveaborg occupies.

One of the six islands that the fortress Suomenlinna or in Swedish Sveaborg occupies.