The Best and Most Beautiful Surviving Castles of Finland
Finland is one of the most beautiful countries in the world. It is also one of the most progressive European countries. There are scores of tourist attractions in this Scandinavian country. Ancient and Medieval castles that survived the test of times are among the popular destinations in Finland.
Here are some of the remarkable surviving castles of Finland.
Turku Castle is a monument of Finnish history situated in the city of Turku in Finland It is one of the oldest buildings still in use in Finland. Turku Castle is the largest surviving medieval building in Finland, and one of the largest surviving medieval castles in Scandinavia. This national monument is located on the banks of the Aura River. It was constructed during the 14th century CE.
Olavinlinna or St. Olaf's Castle is a more than 500 year old edifice. This 15th century three-tower castle is located in Savonlinna, Finland. This magnificent-looking castle is the northernmost medieval stone fortress still standing. It was built in 1475 CE.
Hame Castle is a medieval castle located in Hameenlinna, Finland. It is situated on the coast of Lake Vanajavesi in the city center. The castle was originally located on an island. The castle was built in the 14th century was made a prison in the 19th century until 1953. In 1988, it was converted into a museum. Facilities on the castle can also be rented for private events.
Oulu Castle is a surviving castle located in Oulu, Finland. It was a late defense castle built on an island in the delta of Oulu River in 1590. The castle was mostly made of wood and earth walls. The present-day ruins remain from an even later castle, which was built in 1605. The castle was badly damaged in 1715, when Russian forces burned it. Final destruction took place in 1793, when lightning set the other one of the powder magazines on fire. Restoration was completed in 1875. The building has been a cafeteria since 1912 with a small exhibition on the castle history.
Kastelholm Castle is a Swedish-built medieval castle located in Sund, Aland, Finland. Kastelholm is one of only five surviving Finnish medieval fortresses that are also considered to be architecturally substantial it was built in the 14th century. The castle was first damaged in the 1599 civil war when it came under King Charles IX control and was rebuilt by 1631. The castle was gutted and ruined in 1745. In the 1930s, it was partially used as a granary. However, since then it has been refurbished and is now an important part of the tourist circuit in Aland.