I recently blogged about a possible new cave in Laajalahti. But I didn't go there to look for a cave, I wanted to see the fortifications from before World War I, built by the Russians. I found many, including many small bunkers that one can easily visit.
The fortifications around Helsinki are the so called Krepost Sveaborg. The 10,000 men construction force was from Russia, but also partially consisted of paid Finnish labour, compulsory enlistment in Finland, and thousands of Chinese prisoners of war.
Quite interestingly, the Wikipedia article states that some of the Finns paid clerks to list them working on multiple sites simultaneously, to gather more income. The poor Chinese on the other hand were not dressed for the winter, which led to some of them attempting to escape work, as well as confrontations with the police forces.
The locations of the bunkers that I could find are:
- The first, the graffiti bunker from above, is at N 60.20300 E 24.79341.
- The second is at N 60.20291 E 24.79360.
- The third is at N 60.20298 E 24.79343.
- The fourth is at N 60.20352 E 24.79356.
- The fifth is at N 60.20350 E 24.79281. This one is not accessible, at least not without some clearing of the entrance.
- The sixth is at N 60.20262 E 24.79593, separate from the rest and more towards Ilmeentie.