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Hidden Secrets: Skatanniemi Fortifications (Helsinki)

12/06/2020

Built in 1916 to protect Helsinki from a possible attack from the sea, the Skatanniemi fortifications are an interesting part of Finland’s history.

Skatanniemi is part of chain of fortifications built around Helsinki during the First World War. Finland was part of Russia at the time and therefore Helsinki had to be prepared for possible attack from the land or sea. Luckily the fortifications were never needed in battle, but these concrete fortifications can still be found around Greater Helsinki area.

Skatanniemi fortifications include four artillery bases and concrete bunkers. Unfortunately time have done some damage to the concrete, so the bunkers are not safe to enter. Although the nature have now mostly taken over the place, the Skatanniemi is still an interesting place to visit.

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