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April 24: Southern Finland tour – Turun Linna 1

Turun Linna (Turku Castle) was our last sight to see in Turku before heading north and northeast. Like Hämeen Linna, it is one of the few extant medieval edifices in Finland, and its keep (the central part) dates from the 14th century, while the bailey (the outer part) is from the 16th century.

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The approach.

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A singular, stout round tower on the southeast corner of the bailey.

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The front of the keep from the courtyard: the iconic view.

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Cafe picnic tables, dwarfed.

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The entrance hall, including renovations by Erik Bryggman.

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Some section play.

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Lots of niches, lots of window seats.

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Un graffitito.

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Sky colorz.

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Framey view of the inner courtyard.

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Maybe a little chapel area, I forget.

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There were some crazy dark places in there.

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One room had a display of a bunch of beautiful models of the castle throughout its history. Here, the keep under construction.

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Snowy pre-16th-c. times.

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Sunlight shenanigans.

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Definitely a chapel area, somewhat uncannily similar to the one in Hämeen Linna.

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A lovely trulli-looking hearth.

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Vaults + eclipse sconce.

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A risky window seat.

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Tubular stairwell, bro.

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There's something kind of adorable about this cupboard, maybe how it looks a little like an animal standing diffidently in the corner.