The Great Wall of China, the Acropolis in Athens, the Grand Canyon, and Suomenlinna. UNESCO’s World Heritage List brings Suomenlinna together with a long list of cultural and natural sites that are considered common property of all of humanity. Welcome to Suomenlinna!
Explore Helsinki’s fabulous sea fortress through the lens of your camera! Spend a summer day exploring the limitless visual attractions of Suomenlinna, discovering new views and comparing notes with fellow photo enthusiasts. The English-language workshop tutor is Tim Bird, photographer and author of “Suomenlinna – Islands of Light”.
Reinforcing the defences of Finland, then a part of Sweden, was deemed necessary. In 1747, the Swedish parliament made a decision to build a central fortress including a naval base in Helsinki. Fortification work begun the following year.
In 1991, the Suomenlinna fortress was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List as a unique monument of military architecture. Another special feature of the fortress is that in the course of its history it has served in the defence of three realms: Sweden, Russia and Finland.