Turku Castle - Finland
Turku Castle is Finland's oldest and largest surviving medieval structure, located in the city of Turku in the southwest of the country. It was constructed in the 1280s and served as the administrative center of Finland until the late 1700s. The castle was also the site of important political, religious and royal events, and as a result, was heavily damaged during periods of unrest in Finland’s history. Today, Turku Castle is open to the public, and visitors can explore the castle grounds and the museums inside, which contain an extensive collection of archaeological artifacts and historical objects. From the castle terrace, stunning views of the old center of Turku can be seen, as well as the river Aura. Visitors can also take part in guided tours around the castle, as well as a boat tour along the riverside.