Kajaani Castle ruins, Kajaani

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The Kajaani castle was built on the Ämmäkoski island of the Kajaani river in the centre of Kajaani, Finland, in the 17th century. Today, only roofless ruins remain of the castle.
The castle functioned as an administrative centre, a prison, and a military strongpoint. The most famous prisoner in the castle was the historian Johannes Messenius, who was forced to live in the poor conditions of the castle from 1616 to 1635.
Construction of the Kajaani castle began in 1604 and was completed in 1619. At first the castle only consisted of a stone wall, two round towers, and wooden buildings at the yard inside the castle.
Count Peter Brahe ordered a second construction stage of the castle, which was started in the 1650s and completed in 1666. During this construction stage, many wooden structures of the castle were replaced with stone structures to form a fortress.
During the Great Northern War, Russian forces sieged the castle for several months, until it was finally forced to surrender because of lack of food, firewood and ammunition. Shortly after this, the Russians exploded the castle and its inhabitants were transported to Russia to be imprisoned.
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  • I felt quite honoured to visit the world's northern most castle ruins. It's a ruin so clearly not much to see but it is history that made the town of Kajaani. There's a nice little park where you can....  more »
  • It is interesting and old castle. It's good place for just walking around, but it can be also be a nice place for picnic. It's very unique and the worth of visiting.  more »
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  • A historical place. A do-not miss place if you are visiting Kajaani. Inside seems bit dirty, however the exterior is nice. It's on a small island in the river.
  • The Kajaani castle was built on the Ämmäkoski island of the Kajaani river in the centre of Kajaani, Finland, in the 17th century. Today, only roofless ruins remain of the castle. The castle functioned as an administrative centre, a prison, and a military strongpoint. The most famous prisoner in the castle was the historian Johannes Messenius, who was forced to live in the poor conditions of the castle from 1616 to 1635. Construction of the Kajaani castle began in 1604 and was completed in 1619. At first the castle only consisted of a stone wall, two round towers, and wooden buildings at the yard inside the castle. Count Peter Brahe ordered a second construction stage of the castle, which was started in the 1650s and completed in 1666. During this construction stage, many wooden structures of the castle were replaced with stone structures to form a fortress. During the Great Northern War (also known as the "Greater Wrath"), Russian forces sieged the castle for several months, until it was finally forced to surrender because of lack of food, firewood and ammunition. Shortly after this, the Russians exploded the castle and its inhabitants were transported to Russia to be imprisoned. The first wooden bridge on top of the ruins was built in 1845. By 1937 the castle-island became a fundament for a new road-bridge made of concrete. The bridge called Linnansilta ("castle bridge") was originally the only bridge across the Kajaani river. After the construction of later bridges, the traffic on Linnansilta has reduced and the authorities have drafted plans to take down the bridge and give this national monument a due and proper restoration.
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