Vyborg, Russia. When this picture was taken, Vyborg was still part of Finland and was called Viipuri.

When this picture was taken, it was still part of Finland and was called Viipuri.

The Re-Capture of Viborg (Viipuri) by Finnish Forces in 1941. Viborg, a small almost mythical, ancient european town always historically right on the edge of a huge Russian empire. It functioned as a bulwark, for the rest of the Nordic countries,  against Russia  for centuries. The cultural capital of Karelia. Submerged again into the Soviet Union in 1944. (not my caption)

Finnish military parade in Viipuri on August after its recapture

The Re-Capture of Viborg (Viipuri) by Finnish Forces in 1941. Viborg, a small almost mythical, ancient european town always historically right on the edge of a huge Russian empire. It functioned as a bulwark, for the rest of the Nordic countries,  against Russia  for centuries. The cultural capital of Karelia. Submerged again into the Soviet Union in 1944. (not my caption)

Finnish military parade in Viipuri on August after its recapture

Viipuriinlinna / Viipuri Castle on fire 13.3.1940 just after the cease fire which ended the Winter War is declared at 11.00. The tower still flies the #Finnish flag, which was lowered at 14.00 13.3.1940. Viipuri was ceded from #Finland to #Russia, recaptured in 1941 and again ceded to Russia at the end of WWII. The city is now known as Vyborg. The castle still stands.

Viipuriinlinna / Viipuri Castle on fire 13.3.1940 just after the cease fire which ended the Winter War is declared at 11.00. The tower still flies the #Finnish flag, which was lowered at 14.00 13.3.1940. Viipuri was ceded from #Finland to #Russia, recaptured in 1941 and again ceded to Russia at the end of WWII. The city is now known as Vyborg. The castle still stands.

This is the Viipuri Library by Alvar Aalto. I love it because the librarians can survey their domain and there is beautiful natural light.

This is the Viipuri Library by Alvar Aalto. I love it because the librarians can survey their domain and there is beautiful natural light.

Artek Alvar Aalto - Three-Legged Stool 60 - Birch Veneer. 1932-33. Designed for Viipuri library. Aalto developed the bent L-shaped leg to achieve his ultimate design aesthetic which mixed art and nature with technology.

Artek Alvar Aalto Stool 60 - Three-Legged - Birch Veneer This stackable stool was designed by Alvar Aalto during the years of Aalto developed the bent L-shaped leg to achieve his ultimate design aesthetic which mixed art and nature with technology.

Alvar Aalto - Viipuri Library - 1933 35

you can see how much Utzon's ideas were informed by Aalto.so many things are alike, even down to aalto/utzons furniture details Viipuri Library, Alvar Aalto, 1935

VYBORG 1938/2011, MARSHAL MANNERHEIM

VYBORG 1938/2011, MARSHAL MANNERHEIM

Viipurinrinkeli, Vyborg pretzel / bagel, something to take home from the market.

Viipurinrinkeli (Finland) - is infused with cardamom and nutmeg.

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