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We took the opportunity to go to Suomenlinna a couple of days ago.  It’s a beautiful fortress island just off the coast of Helsinki.  You take a ferry to get there.  It’s a pleasant 15 minute ferry ride and you pass by some beautiful small islands and houses on the islands.

 

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Once on the island, the first thing you see is the church.  It’s huge.  It’s so tall, in fact, that the tower is used as a lighthouse.  The inside is plain, in a Lutheran fashion, but still very pretty.

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From there you travel on the blue route south.  You pass by many buildings.  The one above is called “the ark” because it was where the women and children of the officers would reside.

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A bit further along you come to the main part of the fortress.  Unlike in the US, people are allowed to explore.  The old fortress has many dark tunnels and high walls.

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There is also a submarine docked for people to explore.

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Back to the tunnels, there are many paths to take.  The children love exploring the tunnels.

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Below is the tomb of Augustin Ehrensvärd, a Swedish military officer during Sweden’s military heyday and when Finland was a part of the Kingdom of Sweden.  I’ve got to say – cool tomb.

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Down at the southern tip of the island is what is called the Kings Gate, where the King of Sweden entered to inspect the fortress.

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Also down at this point there is access to the sea.  It’s a fun place to play.

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And you get to swim near the cruise ships as they come to and leave the port of Helsinki.

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And just in case you forget, the Cathedral can be seen at one of the high points on the island.  Even from this distance it stands tall above everything else.

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