Vanha Porvoo information
Close your eyes in this tangle of cobbled alleys and wooden warehouses to hear the bustling market that the once was. The area north of Mannerheiminkatu was largely built after the Great Fire of 1760 but still throngs today with shoppers. Craft boutiques, art galleries, souvenir stores and antique shops jostle for attention on the main roads, Välikatu and Kirkkokatu. The relatively less-touristed area is east of the cathedral; Itäinen Pitkäkatu is one of the nicest streets. The rows of rust-red shore houses along the Porvoonjoki were first painted with red ochre to impress the visiting king of Sweden in the late 18th century. They were originally used to store goods traded with German ships from the Hanseatic League. Cross the old bridge to the west bank of the Porvoonjoki for the best view of these photogenic buildings.