Liikkala fort was built by Russians in 1791-1792 as part of the South-Eastern Finland fortification system. It was meant to defend the road from the Swedish border to Hamina, which the Swedish army had used to attack Hamina in the Russo-Swedish war in 1788. Liikkala contained two ground redoubts and four demi-bastions.

After the Finnish War (1808-1809) Liikkala was abandoned, because the border was moved far away to west. Restoration of Liikkala Fort has been in progress since 1980 as an employment project by the National Board of Antiquities and the Ministry of Labour. Nowadays there remains well-preserved ground walls and some ruins of the Russian barracks.

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Founded: 1791-1792
Category: Castles and fortifications in Finland
Historical period: The Age of Enlightenment (Finland)

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