Louhisaari Manor

Masku, Finland

Louhisaari manor castle was built in the late medieval ages by the remarkable Fleming noble family. The present main building was completed in the 1650s and represents the rare palatial architecture in Finland. The grounds have an extensive English-style park, complete with paths. Louhisaari belonged to the Fleming family for over three hundred years. The lack of money forced them to sell the manor to the family of Mannerheim in 1791. Finland’s Marshall C.G.E. Mannerheim was born there in 1867.

The festive floor and the service floor are in 17th-century style and furnished to match. The middle floor, where the actual living quarters were, was modernised during the 18th and 19th centuries, and the rooms in this part of the castle reflect the interior-decoration styles of that time.

Government of Finland bought Louhisaari in 1961 and opened it to the public couple of years later.
Nowadays it’s open in summer time. Admission to the museum only in the company of a guide, tours in Finnish at half hourly intervals.


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Louhisaarentie, Masku, Finland
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Founded: ca. 1650
Category: Palaces, manors and town halls in Finland
Historical period: Swedish Empire (Finland)


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Antonio22 (21 months ago)
The Heart Of Finland
Filippo M (2 years ago)
The Fleming family acquired the Louhisaari estate around the middle of the 15th century. The Mannerheim family acquired the manor in 1795. Known residents were Carl Gustaf Mannerheim. A Finnish entomologist, and his grandson Marshal Carl Gustaf Emil Mannerheim, who was born here in 1867. ?? Carl Mannerheim, an illustrious figure in the Finnish defense forces, who also served as the Marshal of Finland. The place is said (not confirmed) to be haunted by the spirits of the last Fleming who owned the house and his wife. Mr. Fleming used to lock his wife up in a little overhead cupboard when he was away or if any male guests visited the Manor. Food was given to her by the servants through the little window at the side. On one such ocassion, however, Mr Fleming forgot to inform the servants that he had locked up his wife, as a result of which, she died of starvation.
Sami Koivumäki (2 years ago)
Interesting place. Birthplace of Finland's Marshal Mannerheim. 3 floors, no disebled amenities.
R H (2 years ago)
Beautiful place and surroundings! Great guides whom where there to answer when you just mumbled your thoughts out loud ? Really nice day trip location!
Timo Kokkinen (2 years ago)
Great manor with an interesting history.
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