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Raseborg Castle (Raaseporin linna)

Raseborg Castle

Raseborg Castle is situated near village of Snappertuna near Raseborg, Uusimaa region of Finland. The castle was constructed in 1373 on the bank of the Raseborg river by Bo Jonsson (Grip) under service of king Magnus IV of Sweden.

 

 

Location: Raseborg, Uusimaa  Map

Constructed: 1373

Official site

Open:

May1- June 17 10am- 5pm

June 18- Aug 12 10am- 8pm

Aug 13- Aug 31, Sat, Sun in Sept 10am- 5pm

 

Admission Fee: adults 2 Euro

Children1 Euro

 

 

 

History of Raseborg Castle

In the medieval times a moat filled by water from the river surrounded the Raseborg citadel. It was a impressive structure against armies of the Hanseatic league armies, especially against Reval or modern Tallinn (today largest city and capital of Estonia). Raseborg Castle was a precious prize in the region. Danish, Swedish and numerous bands of pirates and bandits fought over this strategic possession. The peak of the castle came in the 15th century. It was used as a residence by the expelled king Charles VIII of Sweden (Karl Knutsson Bonde). But the walls of the stronghold also remember more gruesome scenes from the period. On the orders of the Danish king Christian II bishop Hemming Gadh was executed in 1520 on the Galgbacken (Gallows Hill) just north of the Raseborg Castle.

 

After Helsinki (capital of Finland) was found in the 16th century the importance of Raseborg Castle begin to subside. Eventually it was abandoned. Only in the late 18th century the restoration of the former formidable citadel began to restore military fortifications. In 1966 an open air Raseborg Summer Theatre was open. It gives performances annually in July during warmest time of the year. A major advantage of Raseborg Castle over other Finish castle is that it is purely medieval. Nothing was added after the 15th century so you can enjoy history in all of its beauty.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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