Olavinlinna Castle in Savonlinna, Finland

Olavinlinna Castle in Savonlinna, Finland

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The fortress was founded by Erik Axelsson Tott in 1475 under the name Sankt Olofsborg. 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. After the Finnish War of 1808 – 1809 Finland became an autonomous part of Russia. The castle lost its strategic function and became a tourist attraction. The first opera festival at Olavinlinna castle was organized in 1912 and it is now every year in July the scene of the Savonlinna Opera Festival.

olavinlinna Olavinlinna Castle in Savonlinna, Finland

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