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Porvoo is one of the oldest cities in Finland, famous from its red wooden old town. The first informations about city came from 14th century, and it gained city rights in 1380.

The name Porvoo is a Finnish version of Swedish Borga, what means „Castle River”. In 18th century it was an episcopal seat, and here Tsar Alexander confirmed Finnish constitution in 1808.

In 19th century, the new urban plan for a city was established, which assumed destroying the old part of the city. One of the After series of protest, the new city was built on the other spot, and the charming lines of little red houses stay till nowadays. The architect of new, empire style Porvoo, was Carl Gustav Engel, the same who designed the most important monuments in Helsinki.
Visitors in Porvoo cannot miss the Cathedral, newly renovated after the fire in 2006.

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