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.
In the year 1509, there is a tense atmosphere in Turku. Danish pirates evoke horror in coastal villages and there are also clashes on the eastern border. How to celebrate the market when there are robbers and many other dangers on the path to Turku? Nonetheless, once again gather the vendors and buyers, gentlemen and fools, pretty maidens and strong lads at the Old Great Square. It’s time to meet friends and forget the worries. There will be four unforgettable days full of fun, exciting and surprising Middle Ages!
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 history of Turku Castle encompasses not only the history of Finland but also that of the rest of Europe. Its robust walls, towers, gates and vaults lead the visitor to the Middle Ages, to the Porter’s Lodge, Sture Church, Nun’s Chapel with its sculptures, and on to the King’s State Room, Scriptorium and much more. The well-lit rooms on the upper floors usher in the modern age, while the Quite a Timeline! display and the new main exhibition in the bailey offer deeper insights into the history of the castle.
Daily guided tours showcase medieval times and the dawn of the modern age in Turku Castle. The Knights’ Hall and Workshop offer fun activities for younger visitors. Souvenirs are available in the museum shop Fatabur.
The only medieval cathedral in Finland leads a visitor on a time journey into genuine Middle Ages. Guided tours and concerts invite you to the Middle Ages of the Cathedral. The Office, masses and the closing vespers of the event join history with today.
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.