If you pass Uusikaupunki (Newtown) on your trip, stop by to see the old houses and the pilothill with the old church closeby, all of which I will feature in other blog entries. Here I want you to know that there is a nice place called Myllymäki, the mill hill. In town you will find a small hill on which there are four old windmills. They are nowadays a free openair museum. I really like windmills as first of all they are rare where I live and also keep us remember old times, in which work was tough and people had bright ideas to make things easier by using the elements around them.
The mills here are collected from other places and brought here. Notice that they differ quite much…
For a long time textile industry was the major job motor in Tampere. Many different factories grew here to feed the request for textiles in Finland and Europe. The city grew and quarters developed in which mainly the workers lived. Conditions were poor, people struggled to earn their living. But factories florished until the end of last century when competitors from overseas with cheap products flooded the market. A steady descent started and not much is left today. Tampere readjusted its economic footprint. Unfortunately much of the old wooden structures disappeared and got replaced with concrete, but there are still some gems left. Fortunately the mistake was not made too much with the industrial buildings, which gives the downtown of Tampere a very special flair. But back to the workers quarters, one place is the Amuri Quarter. It is nowadays a museum featuring the history of Tamperes workers quarters. Going through the museum you will make a journey in time. The rooms are furnished cronologically and you can read about the daily life of virtual people living there. There is a public sauna to be seen and once you have done your tour, you can have a rest in the very nice cafe at the exit.
Weather during my visit was not too bright, but as you see the houses have open doors and the virtual inhabitants are welcoming you 🙂
The rooms are equipped with furniture and things from a specific periode.
At the time people lived here, it was common that many inhabitants shared rooms, so even it looks cosy nowadays, it was tough in the past.
As you see on the sign, Swedish language was (and still is to some extend) the language in the Southwest. It says ‘God is the love’.
If you compare the interior to the first photos, you notice, that it is a little more modern.
The public sauna and washing facilities. It used to be something common in Finland to have these public saunas. They almost disappeared as almost everyone has a sauna at home, but there are some tendencies that they become a small revival.
It is obvious where we are here… 😉
I think this museum quarter is a very nice and special place. There are many open-air museums, but not many of this kind. Glad I have been here and a high recommendation to visit it!
-> Webpage of the Amuri Museum
Driving from Tampere towards Pori I suddenly saw some nice and really old buildings beside the road and they immediately caught my interest. So I stopped and had a look. I was fortuned that this day there was a guided tour through this tiny settlement. My knowledge of Finnish is highly limited despite my year in the beautiful country, so I was glad that the guide talked to me a few words in English inbetween the Finnish tour. That plus a look into the internet gave me some idea about the place.
Buildings partly date back to the 17th century. What you notice pretty immediately when entering the complex is that the outer buildings form a circle and the gaps between them are closed with wooden walls. This was a protection of the villagers and their lifestock against the wild ‘creatures’ like wolves and bears which would otherwise come and threaten the base of living. Inside the walls the farmers kept the animals.
If you walk around you find many storage buildings. And the interior of the living houses is very pretty, but it is noticeable that life in the past was pretty tough. Have fun watching the photos of this interesting place…
-> Wikipedia about this openair museum