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Olavinlinna castle in Savonlinna
Olavinlinna Castle, 2006
© Elisabeth Ertl

Olavinlinna Olavinlinna, Savonlinna, Finnland , was founded in 1475 by Erik Axelsson Tolt under the name Sankt Olofsborg. With its location in Savonnlinna it is the northernmost medieval stone fortress still standing. It was built on an island in the Kyrönsalmi strait, connecting the two lakes Haukivesi and Pihlajavesi. Olavinlinna, which literally means "St. Olaf's Castle", is famous for its annual opera festival.