Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted)

Suomenlinnan Muuri, 3

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Suomenlinnan Muuri (Suomenlinna wall).

Soumenlinna, Helsinki, Finland.

Image: GrrlScientist, 19 July 2009 [larger view].

This image makes me wonder about the bricks that were (obviously!) added much later to this lovely rock wall: why were they added? Who added them and why? What did those people think about what they saw while they were adding these bricks?


  1. #1 Masks of Eris
    January 31, 2010

    Ah, that’s the sad story of Prince Jaakko and how he got a couple of great doors dirty cheap, and only then wondered if they would fit the doorways.

    And what the people thought seeing the brick-laying was, “Oh, it’s royalty at work, again.”

    Or so it is said, if one believes liars.

  2. #2 Bones
    February 2, 2010

    Here’s the explanation from my Finnish-American friend. I’m afraid it’s not a happy story:

    It was a very over populated place during the Finnish civil war. A lot of people died there.
    It’s a fortress.

    linna = castle

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