Friday, July 12, 2013

Aland ~The Castle of Kastelholm~

...GREAT!! First card from Aland...a picturesque ancient castle set by a beautiful lake...Thanks a lot Sini!!

Nice Ford TT stamp from 1924 and lovely special Kastelholm cancellation (mailed at the castle)
(Issued 19-09-2012)
Kastelholm Castle medieval castle located off Road in Sund, Åland, overlooking a fjord to the south of the village of Kastelholm. Kastelholm is one of only five surviving Finnish medieval fortresses, built in the 14thC. During the 15th and the 16th centuries Kastelholm was involved in political conflicts, both uprising and Danish piracy. It has been well preserved, especially considering it is over 500 years old.

 The Åland Islands or Åland is an autonomous Swedish-speaking region of Finland that consists of an archipelago lying at the entrance to the Gulf of Bothnia in the Baltic Sea.Åland's autonomous status means that those provincial powers normally exercised by representatives of the central Finnish government are largely exercised by its own government.

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