Brahelinna ruins are a natural and cultural site of Saimaa Geopark. Brahelinna in Ristiina was a castle mansion built by the Finland’s Governor General Per Brahe in the 17th century, of which only minor ruins have survived to the present day. Surrounded by protective walls, the site was a massive stone building originally designed as an administration building, which fell into disrepair after the Great Northern War of the 18th century. Later, the ruins have been demolished and the stones utilized in other construction projects.

You can find more information about the history of Brahelinna in the service window of the Finnish Heritage Agency’s cultural environment (in Finnish)

Brahelinna, as part of Ristiina’s old municipal center, is a nationally significant built cultural environment. You can find more information from  the Finnish Heritage Agency’s service (in Finnish)

More information about the ruins of Brahelinna and other sights in Ristiina, in Finnish (

The ruins are located on a mica gneiss hill, which was about 11,400 years ago when the area was released from under the continental ice sheet, a rocky islet in the ancient Baltic Sea called Yoldia Sea. The mica gneiss bedrock is visible in several roche moutonnées grooved by the glacier. A monument to J.Z.Duncker (1774-1809) is on top of a one of the roche moutonnées. Duncker was a Lieutenant-Colonel in the Swedish army and was born in Ristiina.

You can also find information about the Brahelinna here


Adress: Linnantie, 52300 Ristiina


Image: Pekka Kyytinen, Finnish Heritage Agency