Olavinlinna - St. Olaf's
Castle - was founded in 1475 by Erik
Axelsson Tott. The castle served to repel attacks from the east and
to guarantee control of the Savo region for the Swedish Crown. The medieval
castle consists of a main castle with three towers and a bailey with an
encircling wall reinforced by towers. The castle went through numerous phases of
construction, first as a Swedish and from 1743 as a Russian border
fortification. It has been among Finland's best-known tourist attractions since
the latter 19th century. It houses a restaurant and festival halls.
Picture take by Risto Hurmalainen
|Robert Frank, 57, from East Coast USA,
| I own 2 paintings, one of which
is of the castle. Both are by the same artist. There is no
other civilization around the castle. No town, village, huts, etc.
The slope on the SE has been Clear-Cut, as though timber was needed for
construction. Several people have said they think they were
painted alone the completion of the castle. I don't know.
They have been in my family for many generations. Am interested in
obtaining more history of the castle, and obtain more area pictures of
Savonlinna. Particularly views from the North and Northeast as I
think the artist was facing South when he painted it. There is a
small island in the foreground that I have yet seen in any present day
pictures of the city. I can only guess that the castle is about
1/3 mile away in the painting. If anyone can shed some light on
this it would be appreciated.
|Mikko Pikarinen. 31, from Helsinki,
|When I was a kid, I lived about 80km
east from this castle and visited it some times. Last summer I went there again and took some pictures.
|Brandy Toth, 21, from canada wrote:
|This is the only castle I've ever seen but I found it
absolutely fascinating! It is set out on an island which makes a
beautiful setting for such a castle. It was July when I visited
and I couldn't get over how cool and drafty the stone building was...how
could they have ever managed during the winter! One of the most
interesting aspects of the castle is the legend about a young woman who
was encapsulated within the walls of the structure. The stories
vary as to why she was put there (as a punishment for cohorting with the
enemy soldiers outside the walls or as a protective measure to protect
her from the soldiers) but regardless of the reason, she was closed in
and died and remains there today. A small shrubby tree sprouted
from that spot in the wall and it blooms with red and white petals and
berries which are said to represent her youth (white) and her death
(red). Sadly, the shrub was broken off in a violent storm in the
mid-90's. The castle is still used today for Finland's annual international opera
festival. (What a beautiful setting for such an event!) This castle is definitely worth a look as it has a very interesting and
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