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Day 7 Lappeenranta - Porvoo - Helsinki (227 Km.)

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(in 174 Km.) Porvoo: The small town of Porvoo is the second oldest city in Finland and is known for its cultural heritage. The Old Town (Vahn Porvoo - Gamla Borg), which is kept in good condition, has a majestic cathedral of stone and wood of fifteenth century (Tuomiokirkko-Domkyrka) surrounded by charming wooden houses of the eighteenth and narrow cobbled streets where you can find various craft shops.

Porvoo - Tuomiokirkko-Domkyrkan
Porvoo - Tuomiokirkko-Domkyrkan

The market square is the busiest area of the population, situated in the modern part and where they are most public buildings. Near the square is the house where lived the Finnish poet Runeberg. Along the river are the old red painted wooden storage buildings that appear photographed in all travel guidebooks as the most representative symbol of the village.

Porvoo - Riverside storage buildings
Porvoo - Riverside storage buildings

(in 53 Km.) Helsinki: Helsinki (or Helsingfors in Swedish, the second co-official language of Finland), is the capital and largest city of Finland. It is located on the southern coast, along the Gulf of Finland. Founded in 1550 by Swedish King Gustav Vasa. After the war of 1808-1809, Sweden had to cede Finland to Imperial Russia. In 1812, Czar Alexander I made Helsinki the capital of the autonomous Grand Duchy. The country became independent in 1917 and Helsinki became the capital of the Republic of Finland.

Helsinki - The Sibelius Monument
Helsinki - The Sibelius Monument

The Lutheran Church of Temppeliaukio was carved into the rock in a circular shape in 1969 by brothers Timo and Tuomo Suomalainen. Its dome, seen from the inside, is an optical illusion because it is flat and rises to 13 feet high. However, it appears as a spiral of copper wire, which is the only externally visible part of the building. Little further, is the monument to Jean Sibelius in the eponymous park. With a bold, original imagination, sculptor Eila Hiltunen pledged his life and demonstrated his technical ability to weld and styling dozens of steel tubes. A gigantic organ which paid tribute to the Finnish composer.


 

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