Olavinlinna Castle in Savonlinna

Olavinlinna Castle in Savonlinna

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Description

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.

Today Olavinlinna Castle is one of the most well known sights in Finland and the scene of Savonlinna Opera Festival in July. Guided tours are held throughout the year.