Top choice in Turku & Finland's South Coast

Porvoo’s historic stone-and-timber cathedral sits atop a hill overlooking the quaint Old Town. This is where Tsar Alexander I convened the first Diet of Finland in 1809, giving Finland religious freedom. Vandalised by fire in 2006, the church has been completely restored, so you can admire the ornate pulpit and tiered galleries. The magnificent exterior, with free-standing belltower, remains the highlight. Check the website for tour times in summer.

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Nearby Turku & Finland's South Coast attractions

1. Porvoon Museo

0.13 MILES

Porvoo’s town museum occupies two buildings on the beautiful cobbled square at the heart of the Old Town. The town-hall building (Vanha Raatihuoneentori)…

2. Porvoon Nukke- ja Lelumuseo

0.17 MILES

Houses over a thousand dolls, tin toys and other childhood curiosities, making it Finland’s largest toy museum.

3. Vanha Porvoo

0.23 MILES

One of Finland's most enticing old quarters, this tangle of cobbled alleys and wooden warehouses is entrancing. Once a vibrant port and market, Porvoo now…

4. Runebergin Koti

0.51 MILES

National poet JL Runeberg’s former home has become a museum, with a period interior including stuffed foxes and muskets that demonstrate the poet’s love…

5. Walter Runeberg Sculpture Collection

0.52 MILES

This gallery has 150 sculptures by Walter Runeberg, the eldest son of national poet JL Runeberg. Walter Runeberg produced the town’s sculpture of his…

6. Taidetehdas

0.58 MILES

This former tractor factory is now an exhibition space, with rotating exhibitions of contemporary art. The centrepiece is the permanent display of the…

7. Loviisan kirkko

19.78 MILES

Dominating the market square is the red-brick neo-Gothic Loviisa Church, built in 1865.

8. Loviisa Town Museum

19.91 MILES

About 200m north of the town square, Loviisa Town Museum is set in an old manor house with three floors of interesting historical exhibits, particularly…