Castle sights in South Coast
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Mammoth Turku Castle & Historical Museum, near the ferry terminals, is easily Finland’s largest and possibly one of the biggest in Scandinavia. Founded in 1280 at the mouth of the Aurajoki, the castle has been growing ever since. Swedish Count Per Brahe ruled Finland from here in the 17th century, while Sweden’s deposed King Eric XIV was imprisoned in the castle’s Round Tower in the late 16th century. He was moved to several prisons including Åland’s Kastelholms Slott to prevent his discovery by rebels.