The Memorial of Kostianvirta Battle

Pälkäne, Finland

Kostianvirta battle was part of the Great Northern War (1700-1721). Russian army invaded to Finland in 1713 because the major Swedish army was fighting in central Europe. On October 1713, Finnish army under General Carl Gustaf Armfeldt had set the defence line to Kostianvirta river. When Russians attacked, Armfedlt’s 3,400 men first succesfully prevented 15,000 Russians to cross Kostianvirta.

On October 6, Russians made the landing coincidentally in Kostianvirta and near Mallasvesi and tried to besiege Finnish Army. Finnish soldiers were forced to withdrawn to the north. They lost 800 men and all nine cannons.

The monument of battle was erected in 1906. There are also reconstructed wooden trenches and remains of original defense structures.

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Founded: 1713 (the monument in 1906)
Category: Statues in Finland
Historical period: Swedish Empire (Finland)

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