In the 13th century, Finland's oldest ecclesiastical and temporal administrative centre – the Bishop's see – was located in Koroistenniemi. There was probably a trading site or settlement in the area even before then. Over the centuries, the headland has been used as a cemetery, a field and for pasture. It is now used for outdoor recreation and by various local religious groups as a site for ecumenical events. Stone footings are all that remain of the structures that stood on the site at the time of the Bishop's Residence.
Koroistenniemi, by the Roots of the City of Turku
Instructions and rules: The Koroistenniemi is a fixed relic site, which may not be excavated, covered or damage in any way under the Antiquities Act (www.nba.fi). Campfires are also prohibited.
Sights and Activities: Koroistenniemi, Turku national urban park (www.turku.fi), Association for live culture in Koroinen - Elävän kulttuurin Koroinen (www.koroinen.info, in Finnish)
Services: The café in Koroinen main building next to Koroistenniemi is managed by the association Elävän kulttuurin Koroinen ry (www.koroinen.info, in Finnish). The café is open on Sundays. The City of Turku cultural outdoor recreation trail "the Heart of Finland" (www.turku.fi) runs through Koroistenniemi.
Suitability: Ideal for families and history enthusiasts.
Finnish Nature Centre Haltia, tel. +358 40 163 6200, info(at)haltia.com
The address of this page: www.nationalparks.fi/koroistenniemi
The site is managed by Metsähallitus, Parks & Wildlife Finland.