Castle Olavinlinna | A war castle in Finland

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Finland is a great destination if you love castles. We could come up against powerful and fascinating buildings as Olavinlinna, a mansion located on a small island in an area full of lakes and forests near the border with Russia.

Olavinlinna castle

Olavinlinna castle

Olavinlinna castle panorama

Olavinlinna castle panorama

Olavinlinna view from the bridge

Olavinlinna view from the bridge

Built in 1475, the castle was to preside over a disputed territory between Swedish and Russian. During conflicts and battles, Olavinlinna was put at the center of the war until 1714 when the Russians were able to take it and keep it until 1917. Its warlike history has also left a visible mark in its structure, given that one side has round towers with small openings while the other, probably adapted to the use of guns, is characterized by low towers with sharp edges.

Olavinlinna castle big towers

Olavinlinna castle big towers

Olavinlinna lakeside view

Olavinlinna lakeside view

The castle Olavinlinna is still at the heart of mysteries and legends, with the inevitable ghosts hanging out for the walls. Inside there is a small museum on the history of the Garrison and one dedicated to the Orthodox religion. Do not expect furniture, paintings and antique furnishings. Unfortunately, two fires, in 1860, have incinerated everything.

Olavinlinna castle in winter

Olavinlinna castle in winter

Many tourists visit the castle

Many tourists visit the castle

By Elsi H.

Olavinlinna photos: palooja, Mike Ancient,

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