The Kajaani Castle was built on the Ämmäkoski island of the Kajaani river in the 17th century. The castle functioned as a administrative centre, a prison, and a military strongpoint. The most famous prisoner in the castle was the historian Johannes Messenius, who was forced to live in the poor conditions of the castle from 1616 to 1635.

Construction of the Kajaani castle began in 1604 and was completed in 1619. At first the castle only consisted of a stone wall, two round towers, and wooden buildings at the yard inside the castle.

Count Peter Brahe ordered a second construction stage of the castle, which was started in the 1650s and completed in 1666. During this construction stage, many wooden structures of the castle were replaced with stone structures to form a fortress.

During the Great Northern War (also known as the "Greater Wrath"), Russian forces sieged the castle for several months, until it was finally forced to surrender because of lack of food, firewood and ammunition. Shortly after this, the Russians exploded the castle and its inhabitants were transported to Russia to be imprisoned.

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Ahontie, Kajaani, Finland
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Founded: 1604-1619
Category: Ruins in Finland
Historical period: Reformation (Finland)

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Dave Joe (2 months ago)
World's northest stone castle
Laura Pascual (4 months ago)
The ruins alone are quite interesting, but the bridge on top totally spoils them.
Timo Laine (6 months ago)
Interesting piece of russian swedish war history from 17th and 18th century. A bridge was built above the ruins in 30s, which in a sense ruin the ruins or make it unique. Judge yourself. Entry is free of charge.
Ng Kwok (2 years ago)
Very nice place to learn about some of the Finnish Swedish Russian history. The place are ruins of the castle with the remaining base in place, and now a road going through it. The place looks great in the winter time as well as in the summer. It can be an adventurous place to wander with nearby activities for all the family.
Niklas Saari (2 years ago)
Castle ruins with very good access. Recently updated and well designed​ info boards for those who want to learn more about the history of the castle. Good place to visit with kids.
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