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Making a pilgrimage to the far north of Finland to visit Olavinlinna Castle (St. Olaf’s Castle) in Savonlinna will reward you with the rare opportunity to see one of the oldest (and the northern-most) standing stone castle in the world. Construction of the three-tower castle commenced in 1475, when it became evident that a strong fortification was required to protect the region from Russian attacks. History and architecture buffs will be able to document how successive generations of owners influenced the varied architectural styles. You can explore the halls, rooms, and towns on a guided tour (offered throughout the year), which will bring to life the history, romance, and legends of the ancient castle. Children will enjoy the “Little Duke’s Hall” workshops, and there is a gift shop and restaurant on site.
Olavinlinna Castle, 57130 Savonlinna, Finland, Phone: +3-58-15-53-11-64
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