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  • 1 Åland Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    FIN - Mariehamn

    Today an autonomous province, Åland's islands offer a marked contrast to the mainland, on account of their scenery, culture and traditions. Comprising over 6 500 islands and reefs, the archipelago lies at the mouth of the gulf of Bothnia, forming a s..

  • 2 Sankt Mikaels kyrka Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    FIN - Finström

    The church was built between the 12C and the 15C but the Gothic five-pointed tower is later. Its splendid interior has well-preserved 15C frescoes and fine wood sculptures. Two of the statues represent the church's patron, St Michael: the one at the ..

  • 3 Temppeliaukon Kirkko Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Lutherinkatu 3 FIN - 00100 Helsinki

    A low circular wall surmounted by a copper cupola: from the exterior, there is no evidence that this church, designed by the Suomalainen brothers in 1960 and built between 1968 and 1969, has been set below ground level, as far down as the rock which ..

  • 4 Kiasma Modern Art museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Mannerheiminaukio 2 FIN - 00100 Helsinki

    Right in the heart of the city, between the Station, with its refined lines of Finnish Art nouveau, and the functionalist Parliament building, Kiasma, inaugurated in 1998, is the work of Steven Holl. The exterior combines metals (copper, zinc, titani..

  • 5 Market Square of Helsinki Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Kauppatori FIN - 00100 Helsinki

    A short distance South from the Senate Square, providing a sharp contrast to its noble neighbour, is the Market Square . Here the bustle of everyday life prevails, with the cries of market traders, the hotchpotch of culinary aromas, the sound of port..

  • 6 The Esplanade Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Pohjoisesplanadi FIN - 00100 Helsinki

    Between the Swedish Theatre to the West (the current building dates from 1866, replacing the wooden theatre built by Engel) and the Market Square to the East, lie two avenues lined with neo-Renaissance houses and luxury designer boutiques bordering a..

  • 7 The Ateneum Fine Arts museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Kaivokatu 2 FIN - 00100 Helsinki

    The collections held in the Fine Arts museum provide an insight into Finnish art from the 18C up to the 1960's. Finnish pictorial art (aside schools and exhibitions) is fairly recent, with the exception of anonymous mural frescos found in churches an..

  • 8 Helsinki Station Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Kaivokatu FIN - 00100 Helsinki

    Built essentially to designs by Eliel Saarinen, one of the creators of the Finnish pavilion at the Paris Universal Exhibition (1900), the station (1909-1916) constitutes a model of "objective architecture". Stone, glass and iron come togeth..

  • 9 National Museum of Finland Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Mannerheimintie 34 FIN - 00100 Helsinki

    Constructed between 1905 and 1910 by Gesellius, Lindgren and Saarinen, this building with high steeple and circular tower, decorated with Kalevala-inspired frescoes by Askeli Gallen-Kallela (1928), was a latecomer in the canon of National Romanticism..

  • 10 Finlandia Palace Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Mannerheimintie 13e FIN - 00100 Helsinki

    It was designed by Alvar Aalto as one of a collection of cultural edifices in the new Town Centre destined to be built around the Bay of Töölön. The central part of the building was completed in 1971, with the addition of a conference wing in 1975. E..

  • 11 The Opera House Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Helsinginkatu 58 FIN - 00250 Helsinki

    Glittering, with its white ceramics and Finnish granite, the Opera house bordering the Bay of Töölön, and constructed by Hyvämäki, Karhunen and Parkkinen was inaugurated in 1993. Although it accommodates a wide repertoire of international opera, a la..

  • 12 The Fortress of Finland Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Suomenlinna FIN - 00100 Helsinki

    First known as Sveaborg (the Fortress of Sweden) at the time of its construction in 1748 to protect Helsinki from Russian invasion, it only acquired its current name (Suomenlinna) after Independence. By this time the protective function of the fortre..

  • 13 St Nicholas Lutheran Cathedral Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Senaatintori FIN - 00100 Helsinki

    This building embodies the austere simplicity of Nordic classicism: four peristyles, each with six Corinthian columns surmounted by a pediment bearing three apostles in acroterions, make up the four porches. The peristyle overlooking the Senate Squar..

  • 14 Ainola: the house of Sibelius Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Ainolankatu FIN - 04400 Järvenpää

    The charm of the location inspired Sibelius's Third Symphony. The piano in the lounge was a fiftieth birthday present from his friends. A sketch by Albert Edelfelt shows the musician at the age of 38, when he moved to Ainola; left of the window, the ..

  • 15 Hamina: old town Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Raatihuoneentori FIN - 49400 Hamina

    The history of the fortified town is related to the variations of the nearby border, and this Baltic port became a pivot of East-West trade. In the old town, the town hall (late 18C), the St Peter and Paul orthodox church (1837) built by the Italian ..

  • 16 Hvitträsk Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Hvitträskintie 166 FIN - 02440 Luoma

    The wooded hill overlooking the lake was the ideal setting for artists aspiring to get back to nature: the musicians Jean Sibelius and Robert Kajanus, writer Maxim Gorki and painters such as Gallen-Kallela and Edvard Munch. Until 1923 the architect E..

  • 17 Lake Inari Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Fiskhamnsvägen FIN - 99870 Inari

    This lake (1 153km2) is the second largest in the world north of the arctic circle. The surrounding mountains and its 3 000 rocky islands covered with pines and birches are reflected in its dark, clear waters, which only thaw in mid-June. A Sami folk..

  • 18 Kristinestad: old town Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Kattpiskargränden FIN - 65101 Kristiinankaupunki

    The historic quarter around the central market place has retained its authenticity with brightly-coloured wooden houses (17C and 18C) and narrow streets and alleyways. The narrowest has the curious name of "cat whipper alley" (Kattpiskargrä..

  • 19 Orthodox Church Museum of Kuopio Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Karjalankatu 1 FIN - 70110 Kuopio

    This Orthodox Church Museum mainly exhibits objects taken from the monasteries of Valamo, Konevitsa and Petsamo. The upper gallery contains sacred icons and objects exhibited throughout seven rooms. The silver cenotaph of St Arsene (founder of the mo..

  • 20 Puijo Belvedere Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Puijontie FIN - 70110 Kuopio

    The Puijo Belvedere, an observation tower 75m high on a wooded hill, is the nearby town's most remarkable landmark. It overlooks a landscape of typically Finnish lakes and forests. On the 12 th floor, you can take in the splendid views while enjoying..

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