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This is the modern chemistry building of the Åbo Academy on Porthanskatu. The history of the universities in Turku has been complex. In 1640 an academy was founded in 1640 by Queen Christina of Sweden upon the proposal of Count Per Brahe, developed from the Turku Cathedral School, which dated from 1276. It was the Swedish Empire's third university following Uppsala University (1477), and the Academia Gustaviana, now the University of Tartu in Estonia (1632). The name of the university was The Royal Academy of Turku (Latin: Regia Academia Aboensis, Finnish: Turun akatemia, Swedish: Åbo Kungliga Akademi). After the ruinous Great Fire of 1827 the institution was moved (1828) from Turku to Helsinki, where it is today known as the University of Helsinki.