Lappeenranta Fortress

Lappeenranta, Finland

There have been some fortifications in Lappeenranta city from the 17th century. After the defeat of Sweden-Finland in Great Northern War 1700-1721 Viborg castle and large areas in Carelia were lost to Russia. The military value of Lappeenranta, the new border city, was suddenly increased. The construction of the new bastion fortress was started immediatelly after war in 1721. It was planned to be a part of the new defence system of Finland together with Olavinlinna castle and Hamina fortress.

Russians conquered the fortress in the next war in 1741 after bloody battle. New border was moved to west and Lappeenranta was left to Russian side. Russians settled a garrison to fortress and started to enhance it in the 1750's and again in 1791-1792. After the Finnish War in 1808-1809 fortress lost its military value. After year 1810 it was used as a garrison and prison. During the Finnish Civil War in 1918 red guards were arrested and executed in Lappeenranta fortress.

Nowadays fortress has been renovated and open for visitors. The former garrison buildings are now home to the South Karelian Museum and Art Museum, artists' and craft workshops, Lappeenranta's Orthodox church and parish hall, a children's art school and a café, among others.

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Founded: 1721-1792
Category: Castles and fortifications in Finland
Historical period: Swedish Empire (Finland)

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matcha lanta resort (2 years ago)
Very beautiful fortress built on a hill with a breathtaking view of the port of Lappeenrenta and the cruise ships that criss-cross the lake. Summer is the best time to enjoy the port and the small beaches nearby. In addition there are plenty of nice little restaurants on the edge of the lake.
Robin Bobin (2 years ago)
Especially recommend visiting during a festival or holiday - there will be something to see!
Jarkko Larkas (3 years ago)
Very well taken care of. Great views and a few restaurants, cafes and boutiques.
Erica Cooper (3 years ago)
We were here after hours on a Sunday evening. We weren't able to go inside many of the businesses, churches, or museums, but exploring and walking through the area made us want to return. Excellent views of the harbor and city. Beautiful old painted building. A wonderful summer evening.
Osvaldo Falcão (3 years ago)
Amazing place for the summer! The international market it's a good option.
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