Hakoinen Manor (Haga gård) is one of the oldest and most well-known manor houses in Finland. Its history is related to the adjacent hill fort and the estate may have existed already in the pre-historic era (and at least in the Iron Ages). After the Häme castle was built in the 14th century, Hakoinen was changed as a residence of bailiffs. Hakoinen is mentioned in a letter written by King Erik XIII of Pomerania in 1411. The owners of estate are known since 1540.
The construction of current large main building began in 1796 or 1797, but it was not completed before the end of Finnish War 1808-1809. The original appearance is well-preserved. Other buildings date mainly from the 18th and 19th centuries.
There is an unique furniture collection in Hakoinen manor in a so-called 'King's room'. It was originally located to the Stockholm Royal Palace during the reign of Gustav III and owned by Adolf Fredrik Munck.
Today the manor is still privately owned by Rosenberg family and not open to the public.References:
The Château Comtal (Count’s Castle) is a medieval castle within the Cité of Carcassonne, the largest city in Europe with its city walls still intact. The Château Comtal has a strong claim to be called a 'Cathar Castle'. When the Catholic Crusader army arrived in 1209 they first attacked Raymond-Roger Trencavel's castrum at Bèziers and then moved on to his main stronghold at Carcassonne.
The castle with rectangular shape is separated from the city by a deep ditch and defended by two barbicans. There are six towers curtain walls.
The castle was restored in 1853 by the architect Eugène Viollet-le-Duc. It was added to the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites in 1997.