The Aura Riverside – Turku’s Living Room
The River Aura and the existence of Turku are inseparable. The river is even reflected in the city's Swedish name: Åbo, which means to live beside the river.
Turku’s centre originated on the eastern shore of the Aura, a fact any Turku local is quick to point out. You’ll often hear whether something is from "this side " or "the other side " of the river. The older eastern side (the side where Turku Cathedral stands) is "this side", whilst the newer, western side is "the other side".
The River Aura is the heart and soul of Turku. At its estuary, the oldest city of Finland began to grow way back in the early 13th century. 800 years of urban history has not diminished the importance of the river in Turku's cityscape. Quite the contrary, as today the riverbank is known as a lively meeting place for locals. If you want to meet some of these “Åboriginals” during your stay, simply walk along the riverside to find the people of Turku, relaxing in their other living room.
Text Maija Ryyppö. Photos Visit Turku.
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