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The summer residence of the President of Finland dominates the landscape across the bay from the Naantali Marina. Built in 1913–16, this granite castle is famous not only for its statues and architecture but also for its gardens. During the summertime Kultaranta welcomes both state visitors and the public with thousands of roses. The Finnish flag flies on top of the Kultaranta tower whenever the President is in residence.
The Convent Church is as old as the 550-year-old Naantali. In the Middle Ages, the Brigittine Convent and its church became a significant place of pilgrimage, thus benefiting the entire town which offered accommodation and other services. Examples of the artefacts still remaining from the convent times include the ceremonial crown used when the nuns took their vows and the Gothic tabernacle.
Today the church is a protected national monument and serves as a retreat for townspeople and tourists.
The natural centre of the Naantali Old Town is the marina that can, without exaggeration, be called the perfect idyll. A second living room for the locals and greatly admired by tourists, the Old Town thrives on sunshine and happy people.
The marina is lined with medieval quarters with low wooden houses and lush gardens. The townscape naturally includes the Convent Church, the Kaivopuisto Park and the town’s famous summer restaurants.
The Moomins’ home valley can be found on Kailo, an island of natural beauty only a few hundred metres off the Naantali Old Town. The Moomins are delightfully hospitable to visitors, so all of their friends receive a warm welcome. The Moomin World is founded on the principles of the Moomin lifestyle which emphasises issues such as a family-centred approach, safety, respect towards nature, friendliness and a love of adventure.
EVENSONG On summer evenings at 8 p.m. the sound of the Evensong can be heard from the tower of the Convent Church all over the town. This tradition, which dates from 1924, originated in Protestant Germany but reminds us of the special hour of prayer, the Evensong of the Catholic times. The evensong is played on a trumpet in three direction, first towards the President, then towards the town, and then towards the sea. The evensong hymns change according to the days of the week.
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