Thursday, 18 August 2011
I love the look of this castle, so very different from the medieval castles I know from other countries. In France they often look like fairytale castles but this one is so solid, massive and so impressive.
Kastelholms slott, to give it its Swedish name, was originally built on a small island surrounded by moats. It is on Åland, the main island of the archipelago of the Åland Islands which consists of over 6000 islands or islets. It is an autonomous region of Finland where Swedish is spoken. It is separated from Sweden by only 38 kilometres (24 miles) of water.
The castle was built in the 1380s, but severely damaged in 1599. It was repaired but burned down in 1745. It has - obviously - been reconstructed and restored, and now is a major tourist attraction.