Porvoo Old Town

Porvoo, Finland

Porvoo was first mentioned in documents in the early 14th century, and Porvoo was given city rights around 1380, even though according to some sources the city was founded in 1346. Porvoo is famed for its old town (Gamla Stan in Swedish), a dense medieval street pattern with predominantly wooden houses. The town was mainly destroyed by fire in 1760 and current buildings were built after that.

Today Porvoo old town is a pictoresque tourist attraction. Many of the boutiques and services are located on Jokikatu and Välikatu Streets and around the church, but it's also worth looking a bit further. In the sidestreets and lanes it's easy to take a step back in time and forget the modern world. The small idyllic parks and sleepy cobbled streets among the houses entice the visitors to linger and reflect on the past.

The Old Town came close to being demolished in the 19th century by a new urban plan for the city. The plan was cancelled due to a popular resistance headed by Count Louis Sparre.

The red-coloured wooden storage buildings on the riverside are a proposed UNESCO world heritage site. Already by the early 19th century the authorities understood the value of the old town, and so with the need for growth a plan was made for a 'new town' built adjacent to the old town, following a grid plan but with houses also built in wood.

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Jokikatu, Porvoo, Finland
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Founded: 18th century
Category: Historic city squares, old towns and villages in Finland
Historical period: The Age of Enlightenment (Finland)

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Heshani Thathsarani (2 months ago)
Beautiful old town with cute little cafes, restaurants and boutique shops.
M DZ (4 months ago)
Very good place where to go on weekend.
Shalva Avanashvili (4 months ago)
Beautiful and cozy environment, it is small and lovely place
Johanna Kotisaari (5 months ago)
It’s like you step into another era. Beautiful and great atmosphere.
Denis Nikolajev (7 months ago)
Very nice and authentic old town! Beautiful streets! Very photogenic houses on the river shoreline. There are a lot of restaurants and small shops there! Recommended to visit
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