Savonlinna (Nyslott in Swedish, literally Newcastle, or Нейшлот (Neishlott) in Russian during 18th and 19th centuries. The Finnish name means Castle of Savo.) is a municipality of 26 792 (16.1.2008) inhabitants in the southeast of Finland, in the heart of the Saimaa lake region.
The city was founded in 1639, based around Olavinlinna. The castle was founded by Erik Axelsson Tott in 1475 in an effort to protect Savonia and to control the unstable border between the Kingdom of Sweden and its Russian adversary. During the Russo-Swedish War, 1741-1743, the castle was captured by Field-Marshal Peter Lacy. It was held by Russia between 1743 and 1812, when it was granted back to Finland as a part of the "Old Finland".
This town is 335 km (Kilometers) away from the capital of Helsinki by road, some four hours away by train, and 40-60 minutes away by plane. It is built on a chain of islands located throughout a number of large lakes.
Letter from Savonlinna: Leonard Turnevicius Is among a Handful of North Americans at a Unique Festival in a Medieval Castle
Sep 22, 2009; Finland's Savonlinna Opera Festival, staged in a medieval castle on a lake of serene beauty, has been held annually every...