Olavinlinna Castle in Finland & More

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Olavinlinna Castle Finland
Olavinlinna Castle in Finland-
The building of Olavinlinna, castle of St. Olaf, began in 1475. The Danish-born founder of the castle, knight Erik Axelsson Tott, decided that a powerful fortification should be build to protect the strategically important Savo region. The castle was supposed to repel Russian attacks from the east and to guarantee the control of the Savo region for the Swedish Crown. The history of Olavinlinna is a mixture of medieval arms clashing, cannons roaring and every-day chores inside the security of the castle's thick walls.

The changes in the ownership of the castle left their mark on Olavinlinna: this can be seen in the varied architecture of the castle. These days the castle's halls and rooms can be rented and used for all kinds of events.

There are two small exhibitions in the castle: the Castle Museum displays artifacts found in the castle or related to it, and the Orthodox Museum displays icons and other religious artifacts both from Finland and Russia. 

More Information can be found here.

Finland Postage Stamp
Finland Round Postage Stamp

Long Eared Hedgehog
Long Eared Hedgehog-
The long-eared hedgehog is a small and rather pale hedgehog, with short spines covering the upper parts of the body. Like other hedgehogs, these stiff spines, which are brown at the base and white at the tips, act as effective armour when the hedgehog rolls into a protective ball. The legs, feet and underparts are also whitish, the latter of which may be tinged with yellow. The long-eared hedgehog has a pale brown face, with a long, pointed snout and large, rounded ears, which appear somewhat whitish and translucent. The tail is short, but the legs are relatively long, which is particularly apparent when the hedgehog is trotting. The long-eared hedgehog produces a variety of vocalizations  including a snuffle, a cat-like hiss, and a growl when threatened.

Belarus Postage Stamp
Belarus Postage Stamp

Happy 2013 Calendar
Happy 2013 Birdhouse Calendar.
Arrived from France

France Postage Stamp
France Postage Stamp

Leo Tolstoy Street Moscow-Cat in the Window
Cat in the window on Leo Tolstoy Street in Moscow, Russia.

Greetings from Heidi-Switzerland
Greetings from Heidi-Switzerland

Switzerland Postage Stamp
Switzerland Postage Stamps

1 Response
  1. Elisabeth Says:

    Aah, hedgehodges are so cute. It's been a long time since I saw one for real, but there used to live a family in the bushes where I lived last year. Love the cat in the window also :)