The Medieval Turku event, from June 29‒July 2, 2017, takes visitors time travelling to 1517 – the year in which Europe took its first steps towards the Protestant Reformation. Turku Castle zooms to 1530, by which time the Reformation had taken hold in Turku. As before, we are celebrating the joyful, bright and exciting Middle Ages in Vanha Suurtori Square, in Turku Cathedral, in Turku Castle, at the Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova Museum, and at Rohan Tallit’s jousting in Cathedral Square. The Medieval Turku is a part of the Anniversary of the Reformation 2017 in Finland.
The Medieval Market is about marketplace atmosphere: hustle and bustle, happy reunions, rumors and pompous words and vendors selling their wares! You can wonder the masterpieces from various crafters. Children enjoy the medieval games and plays. The Old Town Hall is the place where science, art and fashion shake hands. The minstrels, jesters and troubadours provide a memorable journey to the medieval Turku.
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova is a museum of history and contemporary art. Aboa Vetus, which has been excavated by archaeologists, invites visitors on a voyage of discovery into history! The remains of six stone-built houses, hundreds of years old, an early street running across the area as well as hundreds of artefacts tell us about the history of the site. The houses were part of the Convent Quarter, populated in the Middle Ages mainly by wealthy merchants.
The magnificent Turku Castle has guarded the mouth of River Aura since the end of the 13th century. Its grey stone walls has witnessed unique moments from the history of Finland, Sweden and Nordic countries. Be astonished by the medieval rooms and chambers, glorious renaissance halls and exciting architecture of the castle. Museum exhibitions tell about the castle’s history and on the guided tours you will get acquainted with people and stories of Turku Castle.
Join in the Protestant Reformation in Turku Cathedral. Get to know the life and works of Finland’s reformer, Mikael Agricola. Let singing, clavichord music and the sound of a Celtic harp transport you into the sixteenth century – and join in the Singing Reformation. Experience traditions that bridge the Reformation in the Divine Service and the Liturgy of the Hours. Dive into Cathedral life in the year 1517.
The thrill of speed can be experienced at the Rohan Stables Jousting Tournament at Turku Cathedral Square. The tenth anniversary of the stables features competing knights, attempting to show the superiority of their skills. The mounted knights clash at dizzying speeds amongst the flying splinters of shattered lances. There will be some truth and some fiction, a pinch of history, as well as real and imagined figures from the past and the present.