During the trip to Turku, we went to the Aboa Vetus Museum. It was really pretty cool. The museum was actually a mistake. There is an art gallery that obtained a property in the middle of Turku, along the river. When they started doing renovations to the property, they hit something really old (Ut-oh) and stopped to see what it was. Well, it turned out to be the foundation of several old buildings in Turku that had been covered up over the years, along with some other great finds. So the art gallery added a museum to show case these finds. I would guess the museum gets more visitors than the art gallery.
So let’s begin out journey to the past. This is the entrance that takes you down to the old finds. Rather dramatic isn’t it?
Something else that was pretty cool was this…
Above is the picture of a chapel. It has an interesting story – too long to go into here, though. Let’s just put it this way – it’s not an original chapel. It was originally believed to have been the spot of a monastery, but then with some more research, the good researchers figured out that, well, it wasn’t. But the chapel stayed and is still in use today – they do about a dozen or so weddings here each year.
Next up – we journey down to the Turku Castle, for more steps back in history.