Turku is a city on the southwest coast of Finland at the mouth of the Aura River, in the region of Southwest Finland. Turku, as a town, was settled during the 13th century and founded most likely at the end of the 13th century, making it the oldest city in Finland. It quickly became the most important city in Finland, a status it retained for hundreds of years. After Finland became part of the Russian Empire (1809) and the capital of the Grand Duchy of Finland was moved to Helsinki (1812), Turku continued to be the most populous city in Finland until the end of the 1840s, and it remains a regional capital and an important business and cultural center.
Because of its long history, it has been the site of many important events, and has extensively influenced Finnish history. Along with Tallinn, the capital city of Estonia, Turku was designated the European Capital of Culture for 2011. In 1996, it was declared the official Christmas City of Finland.
Due to its location, Turku is a notable commercial and passenger seaport with over three million passengers traveling through the Port of Turku each year to Stockholm and Mariehamn. See Turku Art Museum and all Turku has to offer by arranging your trip with our Turku trip maker app.
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We were pleasantly surprised by how lovely this art museum is. Comparable to the Ateneum in Helsinki! more »
The museum is located atop Puolalanmäki hill in a beautiful granite stone-castle from 1904. The building is a fine example of the national romantic style and one of the most prominent landmarks in... more »
Geat museum in an amazing building with interesting exhibitions and a super cozy cafe.
Good exhibitions as well as excellent permanent one. Nice cafe and gift shop as well.
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