Photographer's Note

The Vyborg Castle, built in 1293 on a small island Linnan-Saari off the Baltic coast, was a powerful Swedish stronghold. The castle was blocking a major trade route between the Russian merchant city of Novgorod and the Baltic Sea, trough the Ladoga Lake via the Vuoksa River and the Russian fortress Karela (modern-day town of Priozersk). The castle with the tall Olaf Tower was built with the latest fortification technology of the day. The Russian forces of the Principality of Novgorod laid siege to the castle several times but unsuccessfully. In 1318 the army of Novgorod managed to take the castle, but failed to establish tight control over the area and had to retreat.

In 1561 the tall Olaf Tower was rebuilt on the orders from King Gustav Vasa. The tower became a little shorter, but with thicker walls and more powerful defenses. In 1564 an additional fortifications were built with outer walls and powerful bastions paved with stone.

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