This is my first castle postcard, and one of my very favorites and arrived on October 13, 2009. This is one of the cards that I have sitting on a shelf near my computer. I never grow tired of looking at it. See the people and their dog at the bottom near the rock wall? It is a very large structure!
The sender of this postcard says that Turku is the largest surviving medieval building in Finland, and one of the largest surviving medieval castles in Scandinavia.
Construction was begun in 1280, and the building has been through various fires, destruction in many wars, reconstruction, etc. It was completely restored in 1993. It has a very fascinating history, which can be found here:
This stamp is one of those that changes as you move it so that the skier looks like he/she is actually whooshing down the slope! Unfortunately you cannot see that here.