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|The building of Olavinlinna, castle of St. Olaf, began in 1475. The Danish-born founder of the castle, knight Erik Axelsson Tott, decided that a powerful fortification should be build to protect the strategically important Savo region. The castle was supposed to repel Russian attacks from the east and to guarantee the control of the Savo region for the Swedish Crown. The history of Olavinlinna is a mixture of medieval arms clashing, cannons roaring and every-day chores inside the security of the castle's thick walls.
The changes in the ownership of the castle left their mark on Olavinlinna: this can be seen in the varied architecture of the castle. These days the castle's halls and rooms can be rented and used for all kinds of events.
Two smaller permanent exhibitions of the castle: the Castle Museum and the Orthodox Museum will be closed 6th of October for renewing. New Accessible Exhibition of the castle and a Workshop for Visitors will be opened during the beginning of 2015.
Olavinlinna in summer from the west. Photo: The National Board of Antiquities.
St. Thomas Christmas Market 13.12.
from 10 am to 8 pm
The annual and traditional Christmas Market. Free entrance to the Market.