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    River Aura

    by Oleg_D. Written Dec 18, 2014

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    Aura River is the main rive in the city of Turku. It subdivides that city in to two parts, northern and southern. River has very good constructed stone riversides whish make any walking along the river quite pleasant and comfortable.

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    Turku Art Museum

    by Oleg_D. Written Dec 18, 2014

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    Turku Art Museum is important art and cultural public institution where collected painting and art, mostly of XIX and XX century.
    General admission is 8 Euros
    Museum open on:
    Tuesday – Friday: 11:00 – 19:00
    Saturday – Sunday: 11:00 – 17:00
    Closed on Mondays

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    Turku (Abo) Cathedral

    by Oleg_D. Written Dec 17, 2014

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    Swedish city of Abo (Turku in Finish) was first foothold of Swedish crusaders in pagan Finland in XIII century. Conversion of local heathens to Christianity was the task number one for crusaders. That’s why behind the crusaders always followed clergymen. Construction of Turku Cathedral started in second half of XIII century and was accomplished in 1300. Cathedral was enlarged during the reconstruction of XV century. After the Reformation cathedral became Lutheran. Fire of 1827 destroyed interiors of the cathedral. After that cathedral was under restoration several times.
    Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial photos and videos without flashlight and tripod.
    Museum opened daily from 09:00 to 18:00
    Admission is free but any donations are highly welcomed and appreciated.

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    Turku (Abo) Cathedral. Interior

    by Oleg_D. Written Dec 17, 2014

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    Although this cathedral was built by 1300 and enlarged in XV century its interior is very modest. There are two reasons for that. First one is the Reformation, by mid of XVI century Finland being part of Kingdom of Sweden became Lutheran. Any Protestantism means cheap church. Second reason is the fire of 1827 that destroyed almost all interiors. That’s why present high altar of the cathedral was created only in 1836 and stained glass windows only in 1870-s. Anyway this cathedral is pretty big, its central nave length is over one hundred meters long and twenty four meters high.
    Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial photos and videos without flashlight and tripod.
    Museum opened daily from 09:00 to 18:00
    Admission is free but any donations are highly welcomed and appreciated.

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    Turku Cathedral. Tavastin Chapel

    by Oleg_D. Written Dec 17, 2014

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    Tavastin Chapel is the biggest in northern nave of Turku Cathedral. This chapel contents a lot of pre-reformation and post-reformation tombs of local bishops. For me especially interesting a tomb of unknown military man in armor of XVII century. Judging on the flower of thistle on his tomb we can presume that he was Scottish mercenary captain in Swedish service.
    Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial photos and videos without flashlight and tripod.
    Museum opened daily from 09:00 to 18:00
    Admission is free but any donations are highly welcomed and appreciated.

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    Turku Cathedral. Queen Karin Tomb.

    by Oleg_D. Written Dec 17, 2014

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    Undoubtedly the most famous tomb in the entire Cathedral is the sarcophagus of Queen Karin Mansdotter the wife of deposed Swedish King Erik XIV, who spent her later years in Finland and was buried in the Cathedral in 1613. The stained-glass windows in the chapels along the north side of the nave date from the 1870s, and are the work of Russian master Vladimir Sverchkov.
    Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial photos and videos without flashlight and tripod.
    Museum opened daily from 09:00 to 18:00
    Admission is free but any donations are highly welcomed and appreciated.

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    Turku Cathedral. Agricola’s Chapel

    by Oleg_D. Written Dec 17, 2014

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    In the southern part of ambulatory of Turku cathedral you will easily find a chapel known as Agricola Chapel. It related to prominent Swedish clergyman of Finish origin Michael Agricola (1510-1557). That chapel was built in XV century but exactly here Agricola represented to King of Sweden Gustav Vasa his translation of Holy Bible into Finish. He was prominent figure in the North European Reformation and became first Bishop of Abo (Turku) without Papal approval. Chapel badly suffered in the fire of 1827 and only fragments of its frescos survived.
    Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial photos and videos without flashlight and tripod.
    Museum opened daily from 09:00 to 18:00
    Admission is free but any donations are highly welcomed and appreciated.

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    Turku Cathedral. Fieldmarshal Tott Grave

    by Oleg_D. Written Dec 17, 2014

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    Swedish Fieldmarshal Ake Henriksson Tott (1598–1640) and his wife who lived in XVII century were buried in the chapel situated in southern nave of cathedral. You can see their tomb with their effigies. Fieldmarshal is shown in cuirassier’s armor of XVII century. That military leader took part in several battles of Thirty Years War (1618-1648) and Swedish King Gustav Adolph said about him “the snow plow, who is going to clear the path for the rest”.
    Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial photos and videos without flashlight and tripod.
    Museum opened daily from 09:00 to 18:00
    Admission is free but any donations are highly welcomed and appreciated.

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    Turku Cathedral. Chapel with military tombs.

    by Oleg_D. Written Dec 16, 2014

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    The most beautiful chapel of Turku is situated in the western end of southern nave. There are several tombs of military men of XVII century in this chapel. You can always see two so-called three quarters cuirassier’s armors typical for Thirty Years War.
    Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial photos and videos without flashlight and tripod.
    Museum opened daily from 09:00 to 18:00
    Admission is free but any donations are highly welcomed and appreciated.

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    Turku Cathedral. Cathedral Museum

    by Oleg_D. Written Dec 16, 2014

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    Museum of Turku Cathedral is situated at upper floor of southern nave. That museum suggests to your attention the artifacts representing material culture of Turku ranging from XIV through XIX century. Museum is worth to visit and could be especially interesting for the fans of medieval history.
    Visitors are not allowed to take photos and videos.
    Museum opened daily:
    From September 16 till April 15from 09:00-17:00
    From April 16 till September 15 from 09:00-20:00
    Admission is 2 Euros

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    Turku Castle.

    by Oleg_D. Written Dec 15, 2014

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    Turku Castle (Turunlinna in Finish and Abo Sloth in Swedish) was founded in 1280 by the Swedish crown to defend the lands conquered in Finland during first Finish Crusade of 1150. In fact it was semi-mythical event because real written sources say about West Finland under Swedish rule only since 1256. And that quite coincide with the date of foundation of that stone castle which had to be the stronghold of Swedish crusaders in wild pagan West Finland. Turku Castle consists of the medieval keep and Renaissance bailey. The keep consists of a square fort with two square gateway towers. The thickness of the walls at the base is five meters.
    In the Middle Ages the castle was surrounded by a moat conjoining with the River Aura, the castle, in fact, was lying on an island. The keep was completed in the early XV century. The construction of the bailey was begun in the late XV century and finished in the XVI. The bailey is not as heavily fortified as the keep, but it has several turrets. The Renaissance construction work included heavy modification of nearly all the rooms in the older medieval part of the castle. Since the Renaissance no additions have been made to the castle. Over the next few centuries, the modest military fortification grew into a massive grey stone castle, whose solid walls have witnessed many milestones in history of Kingdom of Sweden, Russian Empire and at last Finland. The castle has been subject to numerous sieges and several battles have been waged aside its walls. The Castle’s heyday was in the mid-XVI century during the reign of Duke John of Finland and Catherine Jagellon. Castle has been the place of many historical events; in 1573-1577, for example, the deposed Swedish Queen Karin Månsdotter were kept prisoner here. Castle was damaged by Soviet Air Force in the beginning of German and Finish invasion to USSR in 1941. The renovation was completed in 1987 and castle was handed over to the City of Turku on October 12, 1993.
    Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial photos and videos without flashlight and tripod.
    Open from Tuesday through Sunday from 10:00 – 18:00.
    Closed on Mondays. Admission is 9 Euros for Adults and 5 Euros for children.

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    Turku Castle. Bailey

    by Oleg_D. Written Dec 15, 2014

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    Bailey of Turku (Abo) Castle has been built in XV-XVI centuries and reflects the best ideas of fortification science of North Europe in those times. Its size quite allows to keep here some horses in case of siege, drills and ceremonies and even some improvised market garden.
    Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial photos and videos without flashlight and tripod.
    Open from Tuesday through Sunday from 10:00 – 18:00.
    Closed on Mondays. Admission is 9 Euros for Adults and 5 Euros for children.

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    Turku Castle. Frescos of Guardroom.

    by Oleg_D. Written Dec 15, 2014

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    In the guardroom of Turku you will find three frescos painted in first quarter of XVI century. First and biggest of three shows the combat scene and real war during first quarter of XVI century. Second one shows Lady and Gentleman in colorful, flamboyant costumes typical for that time. And third fresco shows us an infantryman armed with harquebus. All those frescos are invaluable source of information on warfare, arms, armor and fashion of first quarter of XVI century.
    Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial photos and videos without flashlight and tripod.
    Open from Tuesday through Sunday from 10:00 – 18:00.
    Closed on Mondays. Admission is 9 Euros for Adults and 5 Euros for children.

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    Turku Castle. Frescos of Guardroom. Details.

    by Oleg_D. Written Dec 15, 2014

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    So, at the left side of the biggest fresco we can see the infantry standing in anti-cavalry defensive square. In the mid of the square we can see unfurled white banners with the red cross of Saint George. This infantry is repulsing an attack of enemy’s infantry using early type of harquebuses and field artillery. On the right hand side we can see how enemy’s cavalry is preparing to attack the battery. Here we can see the horrible reality of the war in first quarter of XVI century, the results of the direct hit of cannonball at mounted man at arms. His body is torn apart and laying in the paddle of blood.
    Next fresco is more peaceful and probably dedicated to courteous love. It shows Lady and Gentleman in costumes of first quarter of XVI century.
    And at last we can see an infantryman armed with early type of harquebus. His red hoses are rolled down to his knees.
    Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial photos and videos without flashlight and tripod.
    Open from Tuesday through Sunday from 10:00 – 18:00.
    Closed on Mondays. Admission is 9 Euros for Adults and 5 Euros for children.

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    Turku Castle. Models of Castle

    by Oleg_D. Written Dec 14, 2014

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    There are a lot scale models of Turku (Abo) Castle in the exhibitions. These models excellently show the evolution of the castle from 1280 till nowadays and enable public to understand the development and history of military fortification in North Europe.
    Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial photos and videos without flashlight and tripod.
    Open from Tuesday through Sunday from 10:00 – 18:00.
    Closed on Mondays. Admission is 9 Euros for Adults and 5 Euros for children.

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