architecture, Finland

Porvoo Landmarks.

Even though there are dozens of posts about Porvoo in my blog, there’s really not one all-encompassing one addressing the most famous landmarks or the general vibes of the Old Town. So here is one for you guys now!

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The red granaries above have been standing beside the river since the 18th century when they were first painted with the traditional type of red ochre paint. Nowadays they are used as apartments, restaurant and small shops.

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The gorgeous Porvoo Cathedral was build on top of a hill in the 14th century which makes it one of the oldest churches in Finland. It’s also holds very important historical value as the venue of the Diet of Porvoo that took place in 1809. According to the general historical interpretation that’s when Finland originally become an autonomous state (under the Russian Empire).

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The Cathedral has been burned or otherwise destroyed or tampered multiple times throughout its colourful history. The building we see today is the end product of another reconstruction after the last arson that sadly took place in 2006.

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Just look at the marvellous work of craftsmanship!

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If you visit the small plaza right next to the Cathedral, you can find yourself walking in another time – an experience completed with the sight of vintage cars and small shops everywhere.

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I adore the contrast between olive green and red ochre – completed with the lanterns and neatly made autumn plantations.

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Some of the local residents/businesses had put out small baskets of apples for passers-by to grab as a snack. I love these kinds of small acts of consideration towards one another!

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What comes to the city of Porvoo nowadays, above you can see the town hall is it is today. (Or in August at least.)

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The ‘shop of dreams’ above. The shades of the vintage yellow are also very much prevalent in Old Porvoo.

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Another shot of a well-made old building in my favourite colour…

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Back to the old town hall square. The red building above is actually the Old Town Hall that was built in 1762-1764 – serving as a museum these days. Minors under 18 years old get a free entry, and the exhibitions are opened from Wednesday to Sunday at 12-16 o’clock.

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There’s also benches in the shade for the tired wanderers…

Yours,

Miah

architecture, history, nature, popular culture, traveling

What I Love about England.

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Verdant evergreen plant growing wild (or half wild) literally everywhere.

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Old darkened gates and porches – more often than not leading to private yards of the lucky upper-class people.

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Funny street signs. Do you think that me laughing at this could even be categorized as the ‘famous British humour’?

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Amazing old churches everywhere. So romantic, almost Gothic vibes that make you want to read ghost stories under the blanket with a warm cup of tea…

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Another, really similar-looking church to the one above.

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British song-making tactics and vibrant lyrics. Referring to a quite well-known case of Eleanor Rigby with the actual place which the song got its name pictured above.

Especially in Liverpool these places just exist all around. Am I the only millennial fangirl gasping when realizing that I’m actually walking on that Penny Lane!

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The plant above, Lamprocapnos spectabilis, is called ‘broken heart’ (särkynytsydän) in Finnish. It’s probably one of the first cultured ones that I learned to know when I first became interested in botany as a child. I can still quite vividly remember looking up the plant from a huge gardening edition while visiting the local library as a 6-year-old or something.

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Old railroads and stations almost straight out of Harry Potter! (Yes, you get all the clichés here…)

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Yours,

Miah