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Olavinlinna Castle

Listed under Castles & Palaces in Eastern Finland, Finland.

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Olavinlinna is the world's most northern medieval stone castle, dating from 1475, a time when Finland was actually part of Sweden and the border with Russia hotly disputed. Originally boasting three towers, the Bell and Church towers still stand, but St Eric's Tower collapsed at the turn of the 18th century. Hosts an annual opera festival and remains a popular spot for wedding receptions.

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St. Olaf's Castle

Olavinlinna, translated as St. Olaf’s Castle, was built as a Swedish defensive structure in 1475. Named after the patron saint of knights, it was taken over by Russia in 1743 but has belonged to Finland since the country gained autonomy and eventually independence from Russia. After such a tumultuous history, the medieval castle is now the venue of the highly anticipated Savonlinna Opera Festival every July.

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