Thursday, April 9, 2015

FINLAND: TURKU




We arrived late to Turku the previous night and we had to get up early because we had to leave the car rental in Helsinki before 5 pm (closing time at the office). And before we had to drive through the center of Helsinki to get to our hotel near the Orthodox cathedral and leave our luggage. So we had to leave Turku at aproximately 1pm to arrive on time to Helsinki after driving the 150 kilometers between the two cities.

As we didn't have much time we only visited the castle and the cathedral, the two most important monuments of the former capital of Finland. If we had had more time, we would had visited the old town around the market square too.



Castle of Turku


The visit to the castle is interesting and quite complete, with a large number of refurbished rooms. Therefore I advise you to book at least two or three hours for this visit.




Castle of Turku in Finland
Castle of Turku in Finland, one of the symbols of this town


Castle of Turku in Finland
Courtyard inside the castle of Turku



Castle of Turku
Main staircase of the castle of Turku, the former capital of Finland




Castle of Turku in Finland
Small chapel inside the castle of Turku



Castle of Turku in Finland
King's Hall inside the castle of Turku


Castle of Turku in Finland
Another room I visited in the castle of Turku where the Kings had a throne






Castle of Turku
Courtyard of the newer part of the castle of Turku



Renaissance bailey of the castle of Turku
Renaissance bailey of the castle of Turku





Renaissance bailey of the castle of Turku
Entrance to the castle of Turku through the renaissance bailey




Cathedral of Turku




Cathedral of Turku in Finland
Cathedral of Turku in Finland



Cathedral of Turku
Apse of the Cathedral of Turku, the other symbol of this town of Finland


Inside the cathedral of Turku
Inside the cathedral of Turku



Inside the cathedral of Turku
Ceiling of the main nave of the cathedral of Turku


Organ of the cathedral of Turku
The main organ of the cathedral of Turku




Next you can see the other places as well as Turku we visited in Finland and Estonia:



Day 1 - Helsinki
  • Aleksanterinkatu Street
  • Senaatintori
  • Lutheran Cathedral
  • Esplanadi Park
  • Kappeli Cafe


Day 2 - Helsinki and Tampere
  • Sibelius Monument
  • Olympic Stadium


Day 3 - Lapland


Day 4 - Lapland
  • Country Cross Ski in Ounasvaara Ski resort


Day 5 - Lapland
  • Snowshoes in Ounasvaara Ski Resort
  • Searching for Northern Ligths (Aurora Borealis)


Day 6 - Lapland
  • Rovaniemi
  • Arkikum Museum


Day 7 - Rauma
  • Yyteri Beach
  • Rauma


Day 8 - Turku and Helsinki
  • Castle and Cathedral of Turku
  • Senaatintori and Kauppatori (Senate Square and Market Square) in Helsinki
  • Suomenlinna (Sveavorg) in Helsinki



  • Saint Olav Church. Views from the bell-tower
  • Pikk Street
  • Tower's Square


  • Town walls, Tower's Square and Viru Gate
  • Aleksander Nevski Cathedral
  • Saint Mary Cathedral
  • Kohtu and Patkuli Platform
  • Saint Nicholas Church
  • Town Hall and Town Hall's Square


  • Olde Hansa Restaurant
  • Saint Catherine Passage


    Day 10 - Helsinki



    • Buying souvenirs near Senaatintori (Senate Square)


    Finally, other countries and cities I have already visited are:

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