Sjundby manor castle completed in the 1560s
at rapids of Siuntio River, is one of the finest stone buildings in Finland
The grey granite manor in Sjundby has kept watch over the gently rolling landscape with its rapid on the river between Tjusträsk and Vikträsk for almost 450 years. But Sjundby Manor is mentioned for the first time already in 1417, at that point as a manor farm. It was the admiral and field colonel Jakob Henriksson Hästesko who built the manor which later was passed to the Tott family for four generations.
Kohta jo lähes 450 vuotta on Sjundbyn harmaakivinen linna vartioinut kumpuilevaa maastoa koskineen Tjusträskin ja Vikträskin välisellä joen osuudella. Sjundby mainitaan ensimmäisen kerran jo vuonna 1417, jolloin se oli säteritila. Amiraali ja kenttäeversti Jakob Henriksson Hästesko rakennutti linnan, joka myöhemmin siirtyi Tott-suvun omistukseen neljän sukupolven ajaksi.
From 1698 onwards Sjundby has been the family estate within the Adlercreutz family, from the 20th century onwards in the matriarchal line. One of the most renowned persons to visit the manor in the 20th century was the artist Helene Schjerfbeck who was inspired by the manor and its surroundings in many of her works.
|Helene Schjerfbeck: Sjundby manor 1901|
When The Soviet Union took over the Porkkala area in 1944, the manor was situated on the wrong side of the border and was badly damaged during the years to come. The manor with its twometre-thick walls and deep vault cellars has undergone pious restoration after Finland got the area back in 1956. There are still texts in Russian on the gable wall of the old dairy which remind of the era of the Soviet Naval base. The manor is still today a private home and tourist groups are accepted to a limited extent, I could see the manor only outside.
I wish you enjoyed a peek into our history.