State Visit to Finland - Day 3
In the morning, The King and Queen visited Aker Yards shipyard in Turku. Aker Yard has three shipyards in Finland, building cruise vessels and ferries. At the moment, the Turku shipyard is building the worlds largest cruise ship, the Independence of the Seas. Their Majesties were given an introduction and a guided tour of the shipyard.
Later in the morning, The King and Queen attended the seminar The Maritime Sector and the Environment at Forum Marinum. The seminar explored the possibilities for reducing the negative impact of maritime activities on the environment.
Forum Marinum includes a national museum for the merchant navy and the navy, and after the lectures there was time for a quick tour of the museum, guided by Managing Director Seppo Sarelius.
After lunch in Turku Palace, The King and Queen visited Turku Cathedral. The cathedral is Finlands national shrine, and considered to be one of the most notable architectural monuments in Finland.
It was built as small parish church, and consecrated as the church of St. Mary around the middle of the 13th century. The church, originally made of wood, and later rebuilt with stone, was consecrated as the Cathedral in 1300. It was gradually extended, reaching its current scale at the beginning of the 19th century.
Congratulations are presented today from His Majesty King Harald to His Excellency Mr Egils Levits, President of the Republic of Latvia.
World Heritage at Vega
In 2004, UNESCO inscribed the Vega Archipelago on the World Heritage List. Today His Royal Highness The Crown Prince was in attendance to open the new Vega Archipelago World Heritage Centre – Norway’s first authorised centre of its kind.