Cultural Capital 2011 – Finland’s historical centre
After being informally the capital of Finland for hundreds of years, Turku (”Åbo” in Swedish) was also the capital of the Grand Duchy of Finland from 1809 to 1812.
Turku is situated in Finland’s illustrious South-West, famous for its manor houses and boat restaurants. This popular region of Finland features lovely parks and gardens where you can take a rest along your journey and enjoy nature at its purest with its lush countryside and fabulous archipelago surroundings.
The cathedral is located in the centre if the city, by the river Aura and is the national place of worship and one of the most notable historical buildings in Finland.