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Porvoo Old Town, Porvoo

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One of only six surviving medieval towns in Finland, Porvoo Old Town was first mentioned in texts dating back to the 14th century, but many of the original wooden buildings from this time period burned to the ground. The highlight of the town are the red wooden storage houses on the river, which are listed as a World Heritage Site. The remaining stone buildings, such as Porvoo Cathedral, represent the oldest of the buildings still standing from the original medieval town. Today the remaining wooden buildings in the old town center house art studios and artisan shops where local products are sold. Consider wearing boots with ankle support for walking over the uneven cobblestones. Use our Porvoo tourist route planner to arrange your visit to Porvoo Old Town and other attractions in Porvoo.
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  • Old Porvoo does not let you down, not even water in the rain. Under the umbrella are good to have, and to describe the magnificent old town. Rain increases with atmospheric patterns can differ from the shops or cafés.
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  • The old town is very beautiful with colourful wooden houses, red, yellow, blue... you could spend about 2 or 3 hours walking there, visiting the shops and enjoying cafe in a relaxing pace The view is ...  more »
  • If you cycle from Helsinki to the Russian border, you have better insight into landscape and places as per car. So I could take the passed through villages in peace under the magnifying glass and noted that Porvoo liked me best. This applies not only to the still quite intact city image with the Red former trading houses along the river ensured the unique Cathedral (even if those same design in Pythää should be even more authentic). The old town itself is still largely an original character, is disfigured so not by any new buildings and is worth a tour.
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  • We visited this small Finnish town about an hour outside of Helsinki in May 2017. It was part of our day excursion from a Celebrity Cruises Baltic cruise. The town is quaint with lots of small shops and sidewalk cafes for enjoying your time here. The church on the summit was beautiful.
  • Beautiful, historical part of Porvoo. Worth a visit.
  • Small but cute old streets with artsy shops.
  • A very beautiful atmospheric town
  • Nice place..I loved it.

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