Vartiokylä Hill Fort

Helsinki, Finland

Vartiokylä hill fort is one of the most prominent historic sites from the age before Helsinki city was established. The fortification dates from the 13th and 14th centuries and it has been in use only for a short period. It is unknown who built it but probably the hill was fortified by Swedish-speaking settlers, crown or some local noble (like Bo Jonsson Grip).

During the first World War Russians built trenches to Vartiokylä hill as part of the Helsinki fortification system. Today you can still see remains of medieval stone foundations.

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Founded: 13th century
Category: Prehistoric and archaeological sites in Finland
Historical period: Middle Ages (Finland)

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