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Sea fortress - Flakfortet, Denmark

March 20th, 2007 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places
 

Flakfortet is a sea fortress located on the artificially built island, Saltholmreb, in Øresund between Copenhagen and Malmö. The island and fort are simple known as Flakfortet, the name of the island, Saltholmreb, is seldom used.

The fort was built in the years 1910–1915 as part of Copenhagen's sea-fortifications. Until 2001 the island was owned by the Danish Ministry of Defence, who had not used it actively since 1968. It was put up for sale in 1999 under the guidance of Statens Ejendomssalg (commonly known as Freja) which is the department under the Danish Ministry of Finance responsible for selling state-owned property that is not used by the State anymore.

In June 2001 it was sold to the Swedish company Malmökranen, but since the fort is a Danish designated protected area the new owners must maintain the area and make it publicly available. The sale also had to be approved by the Danish Skov- og Naturstyrelsen which is the organization responsible for such areas in Denmark.

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Fort Sumter - the place of the opening battle of the American Civil War, Fort Sumter, USA

March 6th, 2007 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places
 

Fort Sumter, located in Charleston Harbor, South Carolina, was named after General Thomas Sumter. However, the fort is best known as the site where the shots initiating the American Civil War were fired, at the Battle of Fort Sumter.

Fort Sumter was built after the War of 1812 as one of a series of fortifications on the southern U.S. coast. Construction began in 1829, using slave labor, and the structure was unfinished in 1860, when the conflict began. Seventy thousand tons of granite were imported from New England to build up a sand bar in the entrance to Charleston harbor, which the site dominates. The fort was a five-sided structure (although not a regular pentagon but more like the home plate used in baseball). It is a brick structure, 170 to 190 feet long, with walls five feet thick, standing 50 feet over the low tide mark. It was designed to house 650 men and 135 guns in three tiers of gun emplacements, although it was never filled near capacity.

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Fort Jasińskiego (Śliwickiego), Warsaw, Poland

November 14th, 2006 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places
 

Fort Jasińskiego, (until 1921 Fort Śliwickiego), built across from the Warsaw Citadel in 1835.

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Auckland International Airport (AKL), Manukau City, New Zeland

October 16th, 2006 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places
 

Auckland International Airport (IATA: AKL, ICAO: NZAA) is the largest and busiest international airport in New Zealand serving over 12 million passengers a year. The airport is located in Mangere, a western suburb of Manukau City, and is 21 km south of Auckland city centre. It is the central hub for Air New Zealand.

Auckland airport is one of New Zealand’s most important infrastructure assets – it provides thousands of jobs for the region, is the country’s second-largest cargo port by value, contributes around $14 billion to the economy, and brings over four million visitors to New Zealand each year. Around 70% of international travellers arrive or depart here.

In terms of total passenger numbers, it is the fourth largest in Australasia, after Kingsford Smith International Airport (Sydney), Melbourne Airport (Tullamarine) and Brisbane International Airport (Eagle Farm). However, as both the CEO of Auckland Airport and the Prime Minister of New Zealand have recently noted, it is second largest airport in Australasia in terms of high-yield international passengers, being around 50% larger than Melbourne Airport.

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Fort Lovrijenac, Dubrovnik, Croatia

October 12th, 2006 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places
 

Fort Lovrijenac, as known as Dubrovnik's Gibraltar, is a fortress and theater located outside the western wall of the city of Dubrovnik in Croatia, 37 m above sea level. Famous for its plays and importance in resisting Venetian rule, it overshadows the two entrances to the city, from the sea and by land. The Chronicles of Ragusa (Dubrovnik) concern the origin of the city, the Ragusan Empire, and the effort of the League of Prizren to achieve an independent Albanian state. Early in the 11th century the Venetians attempted to build a fort on the same spot where Fort Lovrijenac currently stands. If they had succeeded, they would have kept Dubrovnik under their power, but the people of the city beat them to it. The Chronicles of Ragusa reveal how the fort was built within just three months time and from then on constantly reconstructed. When the Venetian ships arrived, full of materials for the construction of the fort, they were told to return to Venice.

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Suomenlinna (Viapori), Helsinki, Finland

July 11th, 2006 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places
 

Suomenlinna or Viapori (Finnish), or Sveaborg (Swedish), is an inhabited sea fortress built on six islands, today within Helsinki, the capital of Finland. It is a UNESCO World Heritage site and popular with both tourists and locals, who enjoy it as a picturesque picnic site. Originally named Sveaborg (Fortress of Svea), it was renamed Suomenlinna (Castle of Finland) in 1918 for patriotic and nationalist reasons, though it is still also known by its original name.

Sweden started building the fortress in 1748 as a protection against Russian expansionism. The general responsibility for the fortification work was given to Augustin Ehrensvärd. The original plan was strongly influenced by the precepts of Vauban, the foremost military engineer of the time.

In addition to the island fortress itself, seafacing fortifications on the mainland would ensure that an enemy would not acquire a beach-head from which to stage attacks. The plan was also to stock munitions for the whole Finnish contingent of the Swedish Army and Royal Swedish Navy there. In the Finnish War the fortress surrendered to Russia on May 3rd 1808, paving the way for the occupation of Finland by the superior Russian forces in 1809.

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Fort VII Zbarz, Warsaw, Poland

June 9th, 2006 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places
 

Fort Zbarz in Warsaw - part of XIX-century fortifications.

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Fort II Wawrzyszew, Warsaw, Poland

June 9th, 2006 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places
 

Fort II Wawrzyszew in Warsaw - part of XIX-century fortifications.

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