Turku Castle

 

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Turku Castle is one of the city symbols and the biggest medieval castle in Finland. It is also one of the oldest buildings, which are still not ruined.


The Swedish crown decided to built a castle on an island on Aura river in 1280. It was mainly administrative castle, only once it played role in international war, with Russia in 1318. However, it was under siege several times in inside Swedish-Kalmar battles. 
In 1555-1563 the castle was extended and rebuilt in renaissance style, and in this shape remain to present times.
After great governor Per Brahe moved his residence into the city, castle was abandoned for some time. In 18th and 19th century it served as a prison, and in 1881 first museum was settled there.
Today Turku castle host city Museum.





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