One of Turku's seven hills, and probably the most central, is located only a stone's throw away from the Turku Market Square.
Puolalanmäki Hill is an inescapable part of the city's landscape. When looking from the Aura Bridge towards the Aurakatu in a westward direction, standing at the top of the road on the Puolalanmäki Hill is the rugged stone castle of the Turku Art Museum, dating from 1904.
From the same period are the majority of the valuable Puolalanmäki Art Nouveau houses.
Also referred to as the Art Museum Hill, every year it is the venue for the official speech that marks the first of May celebrations where Aurakatu is filled with the white hats of the graduate students from Turku. On Puolalanmäki Hill you can also find the V.I. Lenin monument, one of the rarest in the world. On the first of May every year the students of Political History and Political Science place a hat on the statue of Lenin.
Together with Turku Art Museum, Puolalanmäki Hill is recognised by the National board of Antiquities as a nationally significant cultural environment.