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Turku Cathedral museum

* bronze

* 14th century

Turku, October 2018

 Rerodos from Vehmaa/Urjala church

 Rerodos from Vehmaa/Urjala church

* 15th century

* currently at National museum of Finland

October 2018

Finnish medieval jewelry

Finnish medieval jewelry

1. Treasure of Tiurinlinna, Karelia (12th century).

The treasure contains 11 filigransilver pearls, silver necklace and head net and two arabic coins (used as pendants). 

2. Jewelry from Pre-Christian era.

3. More pagan era stuff. Two pendants with Hammer of Thor in the middle

4. Pendants with Christian motifs, probably from 11th-12th century

5. A necklace made of Viking era coins

6. Jewelry with pagan era motifs

7. Neclaces and pendant found from a tomb of a wealthy woman.

8. Treasure of Sysmä

Most of the coins are actually imitations of Arabic and Byzantine originals (10 & 11th century). And as one can see they were weared as a necklace. Scholars believe that coins were buried in the 1050s.

9. Blurry photo of  “the wealthy woman”.

Not much is known about her, except that she was 165-170 cm tall and approximately 45 years old.

National Museum of Finland , October 2018


Viborg castle

  • The first version of castle was allegedly built by Tyrgils Knutsson and his crusading forces in the 13th century. Nowadays many scholars don’t buy this story anymore since there is evidence that Knutsson – a high ranking Swedish official – was actually in Stockholm during the third crusade to Finland (if that ever took place). Be that as it may the castle and the city of Viborg first established and then, during the following decades, consolidated Swedish power in a so called “Quarrell land” (a region in eastern Finland that both the Swedes and Novgorod" were interested in).
  • And btw, I’ve been to Viborg several times and to me tower is nowadays somehow far too white. But on the other hand it"s great that historicsl buildings are reataured in Viborg.
  • Viburg, July 2018

Candle bearer  * 6th century* Asia Minor* cas…

Candle bearer 

* 6th century

* Asia Minor

* cast bronze

Schnütgen  museum, Köln

Cologne, November 2017

Tournament at Turku Castle, 2018

Tournament at Turku Castle, 2018

This event has been on my Bucket’s list for ages and this summer  I finally made it :-). Here are a few photos and if you’re interested more can be seen in my “junkyard” (

Turku, July 2018

Medieval ceiling paintings of Turku cathedral

Medieval ceiling paintings of Turku cathedral

Turku, March 2018

Drinking horn, late 15th century * Turku cast…

Drinking horn, late 15th century

* Turku castle

Turku, July 2018

Rapola Hill Fort (Finland)

Rapola Hill Fort (Finland)

Hill forts or “castles” were places were people took refuge during a time of danger. They were located on steep hills or ridges and quite often also fortified.

Rapola hill fort is the oldest and largest in Finland. It was built during the Viking age and area it covers is 400 meters long and 200 meters wide.

1-4: remains of the walls

5: on the top of the hill

6: Walls/info

7-8 A view from an observation post towards lake Vanajavesi. I guess that approaching raiding parties were rather easy to spot from here. .

9: Map depicting a chain of hill forts along lake Vanajavesi. Rapola is on a upper left corner of the map.

10. Info board

Rapola, May 2017

Frankish jewelry

Frankish jewelry

* 6th / 7th century

* Köln

* Romano-Germanic museum

Cologne, November 2017