Padise-Vantaa the Middle Ages Bridge

Thematic cluster:
Cultural heritage
Southern Finland - Estonia Sub-programme
3. Attractive and dynamic societies
Direction of support:
Stimulating and preserving our heritage and culture
May 2010 - Jun 2012 (2 years, 2 months)
Total funding:
708 445 €
ERDF funding:
563 639 €
EUSBSR Priority area
Developing and promoting the common culture and cultural identity

Development idea

The municipality of Padise in Estonia and Vantaa City (former Helsinge parish) in Finland have a common historical identity and mutual contacts since the Middle Ages. Cooperation was needed to gain knowledge, compare results and draw conclusions about the relationship between Padise and Helsinge during the medieval period.

Aim of the project

The project explored the Padise-Helsinge region as it existed during the Middle Ages, and re-established cultural contacts and the unity of the region through research and promotional activities.

Main project activities

The project collected historical data about the regions in archives both in Finland and Estonia as well as in other relevant European countries. Estonian and Finnish specialists undertook archaeological excavations in the historical sites and planned the restoration and renovation of Padise monastery and a historical exposition. The project organised history seminars and published a historical book about the connection between the regions in the Middle Ages. The materials produced and findings about the historical relationship and common culture between the two countries were introduced to the wider publicity in seminars and exhibitions.


Municipality of Padise

ERDF funding:
274 595 €
Amount of eligible national funding:
48 458 €

City of Vantaa

ERDF funding:
289 044 €
Amount of eligible national funding:
96 348 €


A book "Padise ja Vantaa"

A historical book about the middle age connections in Padise (Est) and Vantaa (Fin) is written based on the excavations and research done in the project PAVAMAB.

The book covers the topics like Cistercian monastery layout, 2010-2011 excavations in Padise monastery as well as the Middle Ages Village plots Gubbacka and Mårtensby. The book is the first publication to cover Padise in Finnish and the contacts between Padise and Vantaa as well as the history of Vantaa in Estonian.

"Padise ja Vantaa" (EST, FIN)

A book "Colonists on the shores of the Gulf of Finland"

A publication is based on the lectures of the history seminar "The Settlers on the Gulf of Finland - Colonizing the Coasts of Estonia and Finland in the Middle Ages" (Vantaa, November 2010) were the medieval Gulf of Finland from various perspectives was presented.

Adjunct Professor of Historical Archaeology at the University of Helsinki, Georg Haggrén, describes exhaustively the colonization of Länsi Uusimaa in the Middle Ages. The article by Tapio Salminen of the University of Tampere focuses on contacts between Padise and Helsinge Parish from 1351 through 1429.

"Colonists on the shores of the Gulf of Finland" (ENG)