Jan Karlsgården Outdoor museum Jan Karlsgården, Aland Island

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Kastelholm Castle is a Swedish-built medieval castle located off Road 2 in Sund, Åland, Finland, approximately 25km northeast of Mariehamn, overlooking a fjord to the south of the village of Kastelholm. Along with Hämeenlinna, Olavinlinna in Savonlinna, Raasepori, and Turku, Kastelholm is one of only five surviving Finnish medieval fortresses that are also considered to be architecturally substantial. Built in the 14th century, and held in fief during the Middle Ages by various nobles, feudal chiefs, and kings, it had significant period in the 15th and 16th centuries.Built in the 14th century, originally on a small island surrounded by moats filled with water and planted with several rows of poles, the castle has been of strategic importance in consolidating Swedish authority over the Baltic over the last several centuries; with several Swedish monarchs parading through the history. It was first damaged in the 1599 civil war when it came under king Charles IX control and was rebuilt by 1631. The castle was gutted and ruined in 1745. In the 1930s, it was partially used as a granary. However, since then it has been refurbished and is now an important part of the tourist circuit in Åland.
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  • August 8, 2017
    Jan karlsgården open air museum was an incredible place to visit. There were at least 20 buildings from the past. And a great Maypole which is so different from the one we are used to seeing in Sweden. There is also a prison where that was in use until the 1970 's, then as reserve prison. This place must only be visited if you travel to Åland. And when you have gone around and looked at all the sights you can enjoy a good Åland pancake at a nearby café/restaurant.
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  • July 19, 2017
    Nice area with an Inn, old houses, and just when we were there they had the manufacture of paint, rope and smithy. Small playground also existed.
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  • July 13, 2017
    Kastelholm Castle () is a small, in European eyes, insignificant Castle, yet has managed to make the tour easily accessible and instructive. You can in addition to the Castle also visit the prison and nearby Jan karlsgården open air museum. I liked that you can go around and read up on the various information boards. The newest part of the Castle has, moreover, always a summer exhibition. You can also choose a guided tour. Utklädningshörnan was also a positive element. Comfortable shoes are good to have.
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