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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. Using our world travel planner, Porvoo attractions like Porvoo Old Town can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • August 17, 2017
    We really enjoyed the small chocolate and coffee shops. Try the cinnamon rolls too, they were fantastic. Such a cute historic village.  more »
  • August 16, 2017
    Very charming town. We want as part of tour. Lovely day just meandering in he streets and visiting all the shops. Shops have literally just about everything. Jewelry chocolate coffee  more »
  • August 15, 2017
    This small town is located half an hour from Helsinki having very frequent bus connections available. This old town is very interesting with small promenads, also having cafes by the river. Shops, mar...  more »
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  • June 30, 2017
    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.
  • June 13, 2017
    Beautiful, historical part of Porvoo. Worth a visit.
  • April 14, 2017
    Small but cute old streets with artsy shops.
  • June 28, 2017
    A very beautiful atmospheric town
  • April 7, 2017
    Nice place..I loved it.

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