Turku Castle

Linnankatu 80, 20100 Turku, Finland

For more than 700 years, the stone fortress of Turku Castle has stood guard on the banks of the Aura River. Over the centuries, it has served as a royal palace, an administrative center, a prison and barracks for the Russian navy. It was heavily bombed during the Second World War; following the war, it was completely restored and turned into a historic monument. The halls and chambers reflect various points of the castle’s history and include a grand Renaissance-style banquet hall, the King’s and Queen’s Halls, which date from the 1550s, and the 18th-century Castle Church.

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