Korsholm Castle Ruins

Vaasa, Finland

Korsholm Castle was a medieval castle in Vaasa. It was probably built in the 1370s and the oldest record dates back to 1384 (the testament of Bo Jonsson Grip, where the castle was called as Krytzeborg). The castle was originally built to a small island and it was surrounded by a moat and two walls. The castle itself was probably built of wood.

In the Middle Ages Korsholm was a property of several nobles. The most famous of them was Sten Sture the Older. In 1748 the new governor house was built to the site and all medieval structures were demolished. The next house was built in 1851 but it was destroyed by the great fire of Vaasa in 1852. Today a low mound is all that remains of the castle. There is also a monument dedicated to the castle.

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Korsholmankatu 2, Vaasa, Finland
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Founded: 1370s
Category: Ruins in Finland
Historical period: Middle Ages (Finland)

More Information

en.wikipedia.org

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Jonna Sheya (8 months ago)
Beautiful place and will written information about the ruins and the time they were built in Finnish, Swedish as well as in English. Easy to find and close to the city centre if you have a car at your disposal. I think there's also a bus going there but we visited on a cold day and took the car therefore. Open entry, meaning no fee and no fences so they can be accessed 24/7.
Tomáš Titěra (11 months ago)
Well-preserved ruins of a church, a school and other buildings of the old city. All the necessary information are provided on information boards in Finnish, Swedish and English. The city seems to know how to properly protect its heritage.
Jim Lyons (13 months ago)
Ruins of Vaasa. Very interesting and the signs have an English option.
Demetra Strateva (13 months ago)
Well preserved church, good park, could not find the museum.
Tom Elzholz (14 months ago)
Great location with a lot of Information boards to learn something about the history of this place.
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