Porvoo

Porvoo (Finland) – the most detailed information about the city with photos. Porvoo’s main attractions with descriptions, guides and cards.

Porvoo City (Finland)

Porvoo is a small town in the south of Finland in the province Uusimaa Located 50 km east of Helsinki at the mouth of the river Porvoonjoki. Porvoo – one of the most beautiful and ancient cities Finland (the oldest urban settlement is Turku) with charming historic center full of antique wood houses and narrow cobbled streets. Thanks to this old town of Porvoo included in the UNESCO World Heritage List.

  1. Geography and climate
  2. Practical information
  3. Story
  4. sights
  5. Video
  6. Maps and guides
  7. Comments and reviews

Geography and climate

Porvoo is located in southern Finland near Helsinki in Porvonjoki’s confluence with the narrow bay, which is part of the Gulf of Finland Baltic Sea. Climate – Sea continental with relatively cold, snowy winters and cool summer.

Old wooden houses in Porvoo Antique wooden home in porvoo

Practical information

  1. The population is about 50 thousand people.
  2. Language – Finnish and Swedish.
  3. Currency – Euro.
  4. Visa – Schengen.
  5. Time – UTC +2, in summer +3.
  6. In the old part of Porvoo there are many beautiful little shops, where you can buy anything – from doll houses to jewelry self made.

Story

Porvoo is first mentioned in the 14th century. The city was founded near from a small Swedish fortress at the mouth of the river Porvonjoki. Swedes called the settlement Borgå, which translates as “the castle by the river”.

Panorama of Porvoo Porvoo Panorama

At the beginning of the 19th century, Porvoo became part of the Russian Empire. part of the Finnish principality. In 1809, the Borgos was convened here. Seym, which actually recognized the Finnish national state. In 1917, Porvoo became part of independent Finland.

Winter in Porvoo Winter in Porvoo

sights

Porvoo Old Town Old city Porvoo

Porvoo Old Town is included in the list of World UNESCO heritage and is famous for its numerous wooden buildings, picturesquely located along the Porvonjoki River. Most old homes concentrated northwest of the modern center cities.

Cathedral Cathedral

The Cathedral is a heavy, squat white stone building and one of the oldest churches in Finland. The oldest parts of the cathedral belong to the 14th century. The first church was built of wood. At 15 century wooden structure was replaced by stone. For In its history, the cathedral suffered several times from fires and destruction during wars, but invariably been restored.

Little Church Little church

Small church – a small wooden religious building 18th century, located near the cathedral.

Old Town Hall Old Town Hall

The Old Town Hall is a historic building in the old part of Porvoo, which dates from the 18th century. A clock is set on a small turret. Next to the town hall there are several old wooden buildings. same period.

Old wooden houses at the Porvonjoki River Old wooden houses along the river Porvonjoki

Interesting Porvoo museums:

  • Historical and art museum located in the old the city at the town hall.
  • Museum of dolls and toys.
  • The house of the old chaplain is one of the most beautiful art Porvoo galleries.

Video

Maps and guides

City plan

Porvoo on a map of Finland

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