There are two absolutely necessary places to see in Porvoo, Finland if you are a history buff. The first is one of Johan Runeberg’s home in Porvoo.
For those of you not up on your Finnish historical figures, here’s the summary version. Runeberg is one of the most important people in Finland’s history on the arts and culture side of things. He was the national poet, and wrote Finlandia, which is the national anthem. He wrote many poems that seeped their way into the hearts of Finns. There are many streets in various cities that are named for him, and he has a tort named after him too that Finns eat to celebrate his birthday on Feb. 5.
Just down the hill from Runeberg’s home is this magnificent building:
Again, for those not familiar with Finnish history, the Diet of Porvoo in 1809 is significant because if started the period of autonomy for Finland, apart from Sweden, but under loose Russian control. That’s the simple version anyway. Wikipedia has much better worded version, but it’s a bit longer – but well worth the read.
Once you arrive in front of the location, you turn around and get this neat panoramic view.