Medieval Market of Turku

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Turku Medieval Market
Turun keskiaikaiset markkinat
Medieval Market of Turku logo.png
Medieval Market of Turku logo
Turku Medieval Market, market booths.jpg
Booths at the Turku Medieval Market
Status Active
Genre Historical reenactment event
Date(s) From the end of June to the beginning of July
Begins June 29, 2017 (2017-06-29)[1]
Ends July 2, 2017 (2017-07-02)[1]
Frequency Annually
Venue Old Great Square
Location(s) Turku
Coordinates 60°27′3″N 22°16′33″E / 60.45083°N 22.27583°E / 60.45083; 22.27583Coordinates: 60°27′3″N 22°16′33″E / 60.45083°N 22.27583°E / 60.45083; 22.27583
Country Finland
Years active 20[2]
Inaugurated June 30, 1996 (1996-06-30)[2]
Previous event June 30, 2016 (2016-06-30) - July 3, 2017 (2017-07-03)[1]
Next event June 29, 2017 (2017-06-29) - July 2, 2017 (2017-07-02)[1]
Participants 180 000 (2015) [3]
Organised by Turun Suurtorin keskiaika ry
Official web page

The Medieval Market of Turku (Finnish: Turun keskiaikaiset markkinat, Swedish: Åbo medeltidsmarknad) is an annual historical reenactment event organised in the historic city centre of Turku, Finland.[4] Admission to the event is free.[5] In addition to living history performances, it includes an open-air handicrafts market with vendors and even visitors garbed in period costume. The main market is at the Old Great Square[4] (one of the city's oldest market squares), but there are other performances and exhibitions at Turku Castle, Turku Cathedral and at the Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova Museum.[2][6] Together these different performances and exhibitions form the Medieval Turku event, which is organized in unison by Turun Suurtorin keskiaika ry, the Museum Centre of Turku, the Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova museum, Rohan Stables and Turku and Kaarina Parish Union.[6] These areas are closed to traffic during the event.[1]


The event, held in late June, has been organized since 1996, and is constantly growing in popularity. In 2005, it drew in approximately 100,000 visitors, and employed over 100 voluntary and professional actors and actresses.

The Town Market of the Hanseatic merchant, "Laurentius" was organized by the Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova Museum till 2013. Since then, the museum has focused on presenting medieval times through guided tours, lectures and archeological digs.[7]

More recently, the visitor amounts of the market have climbed to 180 000, and they now compete with the most popular summertime events in Finland, such as Ruisrock (93 000 visitors) or Pori Jazz (150 000 visitors).[3][5]


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