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- Turku Castle
- Alt Name:
- Turun Linna
- High Medieval (1000AD–1300AD)
- Northern Europe
- 1200AD - 1299AD
- Hame Castle, Kastelholm Castle,
Raseborg Castle, Suomenlinna Fortress,
about Turku Castle
Turku Castle (Turun Linna) is a large medieval castle in Finland which has served as a stronghold as well as a granary and a prison. In fact, it is said to be Finland’s largest intact medieval building.
Begun in approximately 1280, Turku Castle was constructed at a time when Finland, then Eastland, was part of Sweden. The castle’s role was as a centre of administration and a way to defend this territory.
Turku Castle would be expanded and further fortified over the coming centuries, eventually reaching a recognisable state in the 16th century, under Gustav Vasa and his son. In fact, whilst it has had to be repaired several times since then, its structure remains very similar to as it was then.
In terms of military action, Turku Castle often featured in local or regional battles. In 1318, it also played a more international role when it was attacked by Russian invaders. Yet, over time, Turku Castle’s military importance waned and it became a 18th and 19th century prison before coming a museum of its own history and that of the Turku region, a part it still plays today.
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Address: Turku Castle, Linnankatu 80, 20100 Turku, Finland
Phone: +358 (0)2 262 0300
Located in southwest Turku. Reachable via Bus 1 from Market Square. There’s also a rail station nearby.
Generally open Tues-Sun 10am-6pm (check ahead for 12 noon opening). Last entry 30 min. before closing. Closed Mondays, 24-25 and 31 Dec, 1 Jan. Entry €8 adults, €4.50 children, free for under 7s. Family/group rates available.
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