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April 2: Hämeen Linna 1

We walked over to Hämeen Linna itself, separated from town by a park. It and the other castles in Finland are some of the only buildings in the country remaining from medieval times.

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There it is in the distance.

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A more open view.

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The moat.

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The way in was steep.

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Heading in toward the core of the castle.

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Palimpsestuous.

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Back out to the outer area. Note the depth of the wall.

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Another wall of the keep.

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I could just look at these walls for hours.

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Don't drop your iPhone!

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The central courtyard.

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One courtyard wall.

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Another courtyard wall.

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A third courtyard wall.

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I always like how tiny the actual windows are compared to the outer edges of their frames. Also: bell.

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Slant window.

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This one is rather elegantly detailed.

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There was once a vault in here, as you can see by the arches.

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Narrow window.