Let me take you into the church of Old Rauma, the Church of the Holy Cross. It has some really nice decorations that are absolutely worth to be seen. About the history of the church I pass you to wikipedia (link at the bottom of the entry), so you can check the short article if you are interested.
This is the view when entering the church.
Here the pulpit, all in beautiful wooden art.
That beautiful lady is by far the most religious citizen in Rauma. She is always there when I am in town visiting the church… impressive 😉
In my opinion the most impressive are the paintings on the ceiling. I can stand there for a long time looking at this beautiful art.
The candelabra bring a nice and special light into the church.
And the window is beautiful with the sun shining onto it.
-> Raumas Church of the Holy Cross on Wikipedia
A real beauty of an old wooden towncenter is the Old Rauma (Vanha Rauma). It found its place on the list of World Heritage Sites of the UNESCO. You can spend some hours to walk around through the small and larger cobble stoned streets. It is not a museum, there are stores, cafes and restaurants here. So be prepared that it can be quite busy around the main square. Actually during my last visit I found it really busy with cars driving through the streets, but if you leave the main road, you will find really quiet and cosy corners.
In some of the houses you will find museums that tell you about the history of families living there. Also you will see that making bobbin lace is an old tradition from Rauma. But let me show you the cosy beauty of this place in this blog entry. There are several more old wooden towns along the west coast of Finland, over time I will introduce you to them.
-> Old Rauma on UNESCO Webpage
-> Old Rauma on Visit Rauma
Compared to other countries Finland is not too blessed with a big amount of sites listed as World Heritage, but those which you can find here are really special. One of them is the bronze age burial site of Sammallahdenmäki. It is located quite close to Rauma, which in fact is also a listed as world heritage for its beautiful wooden houses. If you come here to Sammallahdenmäki you can follow a path that leads you through this pretty big amount of grave hills. During my visit I was the only one and it feels very remote as the nature looks pretty original. This gives a very special atmosphere to the site. I am sure that once you are walking around there like me, also you will start to get thoughts about what kind of people have made these structures. What was their thinking about their time and furture…
Many of these structures are shaped rectangular with edges.
Signs point along the trail not to get lost or to miss something.
Here the nordic moss is growing in huge areas. I really like it, but i also know that it is very sensitive and it grows really slow if destroyed. So take care of it.
Other liches are really colorful. Sometimes I almost only had eyes for these beautiful pattern…
… but then a majestic burial hill brought me back to the real meaning of the site.
Another pattern photo to conclude the blog 🙂
Sammallahdenmäki in the net:
-> Finnish National Board of Antiquities
-> UNESCO World Heritage sites
I think not many people have heard of the Struve Geodectic Arc before, even though it is one of the few Finnish World Heritage sites. Also myself, when arriving to Finland during my expat time, I had no idea that it exists and of course not that it would become a destination of trips and hikes in the months and years to come. My first visit to it was on a trip to Lofoten Islands in Norway. I was checking the internet where to stop on my way north from Oulu. There was a mountain along my road called Aavasaksa and I heard that there is a great view and a special point to visit. But this arc stretches over a huge distance. Well what is it then? The Struve Geodectic Arc is a kind of measurement device from the first half of the 19th century. At that time an exact shape of the Earth was not known. It was not clear if the globe had an exact ball shape or somehow different. So Struve (a German Baltic Scientist) together with the Russian Officer Tenner [Wikipedia] started to place virtual triangles by placing points in visible distance from the Black Sea to the Arctic Sea. Collecting data of these points they could calculate the shape of the Earth and it is known that they were really close to the actual shape. Nowadays these measurement points are an international cross boundary World Heritage listed by the UNESCO. Several of the points can be visited throughout Finland and the other countries. You will come across more of the points on this blog with the time coming 🙂
Well now let us have a look at the Struve Point at Oravivuori. Knowing that from the points Struve wanted to see the other points implies that the points often are placed on a hill, which means we will have a nice view 🙂 But first we have to get to the top…
The very first part is not really spectacular but curiousity did not let me keep calm …
But I was then stopped by this little guy walking over the path. He had to accept a photo session before I continued my hike.
Vegetation got more like in a nature reserve when suddenly…
…these stairs showed up.
They were a great help to get to the top of the hill.
On the hill you find a lookout tower and several information boards.
After Struve had made his measurements several other measurements were carried out here. That is why you will find several measurement points nowadays.
Information boards explain why it is a World Heritage and you can learn about how it works.
I really recommend to climb the tower. As I hoped, the views from the top are spectacular. Unfortunately it was cloudy, but I stayed here quite a while.
For some information about the Struve Geodetic Arc please check
-> UNESCO about Struve Geodetic Arc
To reach the point you will see signs once you approach. Click on the Google Maps button below to find Oravivuori.
This blog entry is dedicated to the Verla Groundwood and Board Mill. It is one of the few places in Finland that is inscribed on UNESCOs list of World Heritage sites. Here you can visit the former production site of thick paper that was used for making boxes. The interior can only be visited on a guided tour, which is pretty interesting. Unfortunately it is not allowed to take photos inside, so you will only see the outside of the buidlings here on my blog. Anyhow I think it is quite an amazing architecture for an industrial building.
If you look at the two following photos you can see a large wooden part of the building. This was the area where the paper was dried after production.
There are several more buildings in the direct vicinity of the production. Some were storage for the ready made product, some was housing the tooling etc. Even the river closeby was used to bring the raw material wood from the surrounding forests.
For details please have a look at the official page of the Verla Groundwood and Board Mill and check out the official page of the UNESCO where they explain the reason for the inscription as World Heritage site.