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Porvoo, Finland - 15th May 2009

By: Delenna

After Castle Hill we drove down to see the Old Porvoo riverside. That bridge is the very first built in Porvoo. Those red shorehouses the the most wellknown sight in this city. They got their colour only in the late 18th century. Red ochre paint was used to paint the shore houses in honour of King Gustav III's arrival from Sweden. All of the houses along his route were painted, in order to make them more beautiful. The red ochre also helped protect the logs from wind and sun damage. They are used as storage and living quarters nowadays.

The cannon is naturally not in use - it's from the World War II.
The "peek-a-boo" couple is part of the celebration of 200 years since the Porvoo Diet. On the Diet Porvoo was promoted as a nation among nations by the Russian emperor. That event helped Finland become independent.

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