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Historical sights

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Brobacka
The ancient remains in Brobacka, which are located at the western banks of lake Lepinjärvi only half a kilometre from the main Karis-Lojo
road, consist of graves, house foundations and old cultivated flora which tell us that the area was already inhabited during the Iron Age. The oldest findings date back to the early Roman Iron Age (200–400 ad) and the Migration Period (400-600 ad). The most well-known of the findings is a buckle from the Vendel era, which has been a model for the Buckle of Karis made by Kalevala Koru (Kalevala jewellery).

Grabbacka
At Grabbacka in Karis, you will find the ruins of a stone manor from the Late Middle Ages. The name appears in written sources dating back to 1526. Grabbacka was built by Måns Andersson Grabbe.

Kroggårdsmalmen
At Kroggårdsmalmen in the centre of Karis is an area that during the Stone Age was used as an living place and during the later Iron Age (0–200 ad) as a cemetery. It is believed that immigrants from Saarenmaa (Estonia) was buried there. Even today the surname Karja is common in Saarenmaa, which suggests that Estonians were responsible for naming the town. (the Finnish name of Karis is Karjaa)

Källviken in Leksvall (Leksvallsvägen 340)
At Källviken you will find Dagmar’s Spring, named after Princess Dagmar (Empress Maria Feodorovna) who often visited the place with her husband the Russian Emperor Alexander lll. There is a beach and jetty at Källviken.

Lilla Näset
which means 'the small peninsula' is found at the north west side of lake Lepinjärvi, and also there findings from the Iron Age has been made. A little further away, at Stora Näset, 'the big peninsula' remains from an Iron Age furnace, and a stone construction has also been discovered, which is believed to be either the foundation of a house, or an embankment.

Raseborg Castle Ruin
The castle of Raseborg (Raasepori in Finnish) was probably founded in 1374 by the Swede Bo Jonsson Grip when the rock on which it is built was still surrounded by water. Raseborg is officially mentioned for the first time in a letter dated 1378. Raseborg castle ruins are the most prominent historical monument in the region, and are typical of the simple medieval castles that were constructed at this time. Midsummer festivities, old-time markets, concerts and theatrical performances are organized at Raseborg Castle Ruin during the summer. A forest walk, the 300m-long "Kärleksstigen" (Lover's walk), leads from the castle to the Snappertuna Folk Museum.
Addr. Raseborgs Slottsväg, Snappertuna
www.raseborg.org

Last Updated on Wednesday, 30 May 2012 15:26