Turku Cathedral, Turku

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Visit Turku Cathedral, the national shrine considered by many to be Finland's most important historical monument. This cathedral is the mother of the Lutheran Church of Finland dedicated to the Virgin Mary and St. Henry, Finland's first bishop. Visit the medieval structure, established in 1300, and see the immense work of renovations after the 1827 Great Fire of Turku. Tour the cathedral museum to learn about Finnish history since the 14th century. Listen to the church bells at noon as you walk along the Aura River. Take a look at our Turku trip planner to schedule your visit to Turku Cathedral and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • Big Finland's leading stone spires of a medieval church. The Spire was prominent among university and Park nearby, a quiet, leafy.
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  • I visited this Cathedral with a group of friends.There is a cafe located at the base of the actual building. It was very cosy & inexpensive but added to the atmosphere for our visit. (check opening ti...  more »
  • Turun tuomiokirkko, the Turku cathedral is one of the most important buildings in Finland with a huge role in history. The building is medieval and very interesting, packed with history. Entrance is f...  more »
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  • Went there for an organ concert, and the sound was amazing. Kudos to the organ and the player. The church is very large and very nice, but has a kind of a cold feeling to it. There is a receptionist at the front where you can pay 2 Euro to go see the church museum. To me, it was honestly not worth it, but if you like antique statues and silver, then it might be for you. It also shows how the church has evolved structurally.
  • A rather stark looking building from the outside. Inside is similarly plain but does have the atmosphere of a place of worship.
  • Best church in Finland. God approves.
  • One of biggest, beautiful and historical church of Finland
  • Amazing Cathedral. Didn't get to go to the museum upstairs. However the Cathedral itself is amazing and beautiful.

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Where to stay in Turku

As Finland's historical capital and one of the centers of Finnish culture, Turku draws plenty of tourists and boasts a wide array of accommodations. Most of Turku's larger hotels and guesthouses sit within the historical old town, roughly between the harbor, the main train station, and the northern bank of the Aura River. Staying within this central district gives you easy access to most of Turku's main sights, putting you within walking distance of the famous cathedral and close to the fortress. Surrounding suburbs and more rural peninsular areas offer cheaper accommodation, but put you a little farther from the action. Budget travelers may want to book a hostel, which often put you in shared rooms but offer a decent location.
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