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Legends of Olavinlinna Castle

Legends like the maiden immured into the castle wall, the black ram of the castle, secret passages and the water spirit Vetehinen living in the stream are told in the castle. All of them are not quite true, but there might be a shred of truth in some of them, believe it or not.

A black ram was raised in the castle in order to be eaten on a feast on the St Olaf's Day. According to the legend the black ram repelled an enemy attack and thus saved the castle. It had climbed onto the castle wall, made noise with its hoofs and swung its great horns. Once the enemy saw it, they were sure it was the devil himself living in the castle. This frightened the enemy so much that it ran away.

The most well-known of all legends is the tale of a young maiden, who was immured alive into the castle wall as a punishment for treason. See the whole story below!


Olavinlinna Castle Story

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