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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 St Mikael's Church, Finström 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

    In the heart of the city, between the Art-Nouveau railway station, Finlandia Hall (Finlandiatalo) with its sleek lines and the Functionalist Parliament building, Kiasma is the work of Steven Holl and was inaugurated in 1998. The exterior is made of a..

  • 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 Helsinki Esplanade Park 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 ..

  • 7 Ateneum Art Museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Kaivokatu 2 FIN - 00100 Helsinki

    The collections of this museum chart Finnish art from the 18C to the 1960s. Finnish pictorial art is fairly recent, if you don't count the anonymous frescoes that decorated churches and were often lost with the walls on which they were painted. It wa..

  • 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 was a latecomer in the canon of National Romanticism. It has a high steeple and circular tower, decorated with frescoes inspired by the Kalevala by Askeli Gallen-Kal..

  • 10 Finlandia Palace Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Mannerheimintie 13e FIN - 00100 Helsinki

    This cultural building was designed by Alvar Aalto as part of his urban plan for the new city centre around the Bay of Töölön. The central part of the building was completed in 1971, but the conference wing was only added in 1975. A veranda designed ..

  • 11 Finnish National Opera House Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Helsinginkatu 58 FIN - 00250 Helsinki

    Glittering with its white ceramics and Finnish granite is the Finnish National Opera House. Built on the Bay of Töölön by Hyvämäki, Karhunen and Parkkinen, it was inaugurated in 1993. Although it accommodates a wide repertoire of international opera,..

  • 12 The Fortress of Finland Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Suomenlinna FIN - 00100 Helsinki

    First known as Sveaborg (the Fortress of Sweden) when it was built in 1748 to protect Helsinki from Russian attacks, the fort only acquired its current name (Suomenlinna) after Independence. By this time the defensive role of the fortress was no long..

  • 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 Kristinestad: old town Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Kattpiskargränden FIN - 65101 Kristiinankaupunki

    The old town fans out around the central market square, and has retained its authenticity, with its brightly coloured wooden houses (17C-18C) and narrow streets and alleyways. The narrowest street has the curious name of "Cat Whipper Alley"..

  • 18 Orthodox Church Museum of Kuopio Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Karjalankatu 1 FIN - 70110 Kuopio

    This Orthodox Church Museum mainly exhibits objects from the Valaam, Konevitsa and Petsamo. monasteries. It shows icons, sacred objects and liturgical vestments. The silver cenotaph of St Arsenios (founder of the monastery of Konevitsa) and that of S..

  • 19 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 12th floor, you can take in the splendid views while enjoying ..

  • 20 Oulanka National Park Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    FIN - 93600 Kuusamo

    The Oulankajoki is a powerful river running east at an average altitude of 133m. Kiutaköngäs is a series of rapids (600m) swirling on red granite. A 2km path leads from the information centre to the waterfalls. The Bear Circuit, Karhunkierros, is a h..

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