Hamina Fortress

Hamina, Finland

Hamina fortress is a very rare circle fort, representing the Renaissance ideal city embodied by Palmanova city in Italy. It was built after Great Northern War to the ruins of Vehkalahti town.

After Treaty of Nystadt border between Sweden and Russia was moved to Kymeenlakso area in Finland. The construction of the fortress started began by Swedish general Axel von Löwen in 1720s. Protected by six bastions of the fortress the garrison was responsible for defending the city and the coastal road. When next war began in 1741 Hamina fortress was still uncomplete. It was conquered by Russian forces and in new peace treaty fortress left to the Russia side of border.

Russians continued fortress construction in the command of general Aleksander Suvorov. It was part of the South-Eastern Finland fortification system, which was implemented to defence St. Petersburg against western enemies. In the beginning of the 19th century Hamina fortress was outdated and it was reconstructed by the Dutch general Jan Pieter van Suchtelen. When Russia conquered Finland in the Finnish war in 1808-1809 fortress lost its military status. It was abandoded in the 1830s and tsar Nikolai I gave it as the property of Hamina city. During the Crimean war in 1853-1856 fortress reinforced again to fight against the British and French fleet.

Restoration was started in 1957. Much of the fortress remains to this day, and it is used as a venue for different events. Parts of the fortress are still in military use, as the Finnish Reserve Officer School is located in the fortress.

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Kasarminkatu 1, Hamina, Finland
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Details

Founded: 1720-1803
Category: Castles and fortifications in Finland
Historical period: Swedish Empire (Finland)

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User Reviews

Mika Sundell (2 years ago)
At least it looks good from the outside! I didn't go inside...
Sirje Soovik (3 years ago)
Very cool Park natural
Miia RK (3 years ago)
lovely building. I've never gotten inside
Pirkko Kvarnström (5 years ago)
Dining at the event was a great moment. Kamu's restaurant had used good medieval lunches. The service was also very friendly. I recommend to visit at lunch, for example.
Elvi Karjalainen (5 years ago)
A beautiful place in the center of Hamina. The moats are located in the middle and the paths meander like nature trails. At the edges of the pond, there are benches where you can enjoy snacks.
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