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Raseborg Castle


Basic Info


Name: Raseborg
Location: Raseborg River
Country:Finland

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The Raseborg castle ruins, situated on a rock by the river Raseborg, are the remainders of a castle that was probably built in the 14th century, when the rock was still surrounded by water. Raseborg is officially mentioned for the first time in a letter dated 1378. It is a typical medieval castle of a simpler kind that has been constructed during a long time period. There is no other similar castle in Finland.

STRATEGIC MEANING

Raseborg’s greatest importance was probably in the area of trade. It was constructed on a sheltered location on the south coast, presumably to defend Swedish interests against the successful Hanseatic town Reval (Tallinn). Both Danish and Swedish troops, as well as more undefinable pirate fleets, fought over the command of the castle, which shows that the castle was regarded as an important base. On the so called Galgbacken (Gallows Hill) north of the castle ruins, bishop Hemming Gadh was executed in December 1520. That was Gustavus Vasa getting even with his political opponents. When Ekenäs became the centre of administration in the province in 1528, Raseborg lost its strategic importance. It was abandoned in the 1550’s and laid deserted for more than 300 years. Raseborg experienced its heyday in the middle of the 15th century when (the expelled) king Karl Knutsson Bonde kept court in the castle on repeated occasions.

These pictures were taken by: Mikko Pikarinen


Visitor Accounts


Rami Salminen, 30, from Finland, wrote:
The best medieval castle in Finland. The only where you can imagine knights riding and fighting. Others have been modified too much. Visit in the night!
Mikko Pikarinen. 31, from Helsinki, Finland, wrote:
When I was a kid, I lived about 80km east from this castle and visited it some times. Last summer I went there again and took some pictures.