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Hame Castle

Hame Castle in HELSINKI

One of Finland's medieval royal castles, it is believed to have been built at the end of the 13th century, following Earl Birger of Sweden's crusade to Hδme (Tavastia).

During the Middle Ages the original fortified camp was built into a residential castle for its commandant. In the 18th century a third storey was built and curtain wall buildings were erected around the edifice. The red brick used by the builders dominates the outward appearance.

The castle served as a prison from 1837 to 1972. As the prison functions were gradually abandoned, research and restoration work began under the state's supervision. The work was completed in 1988.

The main castle is now presented as a historical monument. The castle houses the "Terra Tavestorum" exhibition, which relates the prehistory of Hδme. There are also temporary exhibitions. In the castle, there is a restaurant available by advance booking as well as a summer cafι and facilities for hire for meetings and celebrations.


Acknowledgements: ASIATRAVELMART.COM

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