Raasepori Castle

Raasepori, Finland

The Raseborg or Raasepori Castle is one the five remaining medieval castles in Finland. It was founded by Bo Jonsson Grip and it is thought that the castle's first phase was completed sometime between 1373 and 1378. The first written data about the castle is from 1378. Its main purpose was to protect Sweden's interests in southern Finland against the Hanseatic city of Tallinn. The castle was originally built on a small island in the north end of a sea bay. The historians think that the castle was built in 3 different stages over time from the 14th to the 16th century.

The ruins of the outer wall of the castle do still exist. According to the historians the outer wall was built to protect the foundations of the castle itself. When the use of the artillery got more common, it was vital to protect the basic walls of the castle. There was also one more protection outside the castle. That was a wooden barrier, which surrounded the castle and it prevented any foreign ships to approach the castle harbour. There still exists some small parts of that barrier. The barriers are today on the mainland, but in the 15th century they were located on a peninsula by the sea. The sea level became lower over time due to postglacial rebound, and it became increasingly difficult to approach the castle by boat. This is one of the main reasons why the castle lost its importance.

Battles were fought between Swedish and Danish forces and even pirates over control of the castle in the Middle Ages. The castle was abandoned in 1553, three years after Helsinki was founded in 1550 and Helsinki became strategically more important. Restoration work began in the 1890s and in these days the castle ruins are open to the public.



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Founded: 1360-1378
Category: Castles and fortifications in Finland
Historical period: Middle Ages (Finland)


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Bren Kenny (11 months ago)
A nice detour on the way to Hanko. The castle ruins sit impressively on a single rock. Worth a visit for a picnic break, or coffee, or ice-cream.
Basharat Rehman (12 months ago)
Nice quiet place. Fort. Is still intact and in a very good consition.
Manoj Nepali (12 months ago)
Really beautiful medieval castle ruins full with history over hundreds of years.
Stanislav Andreev (2 years ago)
A very unusual small castle, located on a huge stone. The fortress gives the impression of a marine structure, and this impression turns out to be correct. 800 years ago there was a sea in this place, and the fortress was located on land, but was surrounded by water. It is well preserved, but the interior decoration is almost completely missing. The ticket costs 8 euros, there is information in English and Russian. A full tour of the fortress takes a maximum of 30-40 minutes.
Hằng Lê Thị Thuý (3 years ago)
Beautiful castle ruins. The road that leads to the castle is very smooth and the scenery is breathtaking. Inside the castle it’s cool to see the rocks and the rooms, but there was not much. Adult entrance fee is 7 euros.
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