Saturday, December 10, 2011

Helsinki Day 3

It's a wetter and gloomier Day 3 in Helsinki. We were really glad that we came prepared with our new jackets which kept us dry and warm in this bad weather.

We explored the Suomenlinna Sea Fortress, a UNESCO World Heritage Site today. Founded in 1748, Suomenlinna is a bastion fortress of irregular shape that is built on uneven terrain and on separate islands.

Most of the museums and cafes are only opened in Summer and since it was all rainy and cold there, we only visited a few outdoor attractions. The courtyard on the Susisaari island was the main square of the fortress since 1760s. There's an impressive tomb in the middle of the courtyard and it belongs to Augustin Ehrensvärd the military officer, military architect, artist, creator of the Suomenlinna sea fortress.

The Dry Dock is just beside and below the courtyard. it is one of the world's oldest dry docks still in use. Nowadays the dock is used to restore old wooden ships.

Despite our short stay at Suomenlinna Sea Fortress, we thought that it's really beautiful and undeniably a great place to go to learn more about the Finnish history.

Tomorrow, we'll be leaving Helsinki and heading to Oulu. I'm really very excited about all the visits to the Finnish schools in Oulu!

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