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Harrström old fishing harbour
Harrström Windmill Hill
Two windmills stand on the Kvarnbacken hill as monuments to past centuries and bygone peasant community. Storkvarnen, the big mill, is one of the largest windmills in Finland.
Storkvarnen, the big mill, was built in the 1840s, and it still stands on its original site by the sea and its fresh winds. The mill was built by Isak, Karl and Johan Ingels. The wings of the mill are 19,5 metres long and the mill stretches up to 22 metres measured from the ground to the upper tip of the wing. Storkvarnen is the largest functioning mill in Finland. The smaller mill of Kvarnbacken was built at the end of the 19th century. The mills have been restored, and they both function. There were originally five mills on the hill and twelve minor mills in the whole village. The mills of Kvarnbacken are activated every year during the summer festivities, and they grind flour. The ground of the mill is a large tree trunk, which together with big logs and stones functions as the foundation. There is also a loft, a barn, a hut and a smoke sauna on the Kvarnbacken hill.
Harrströms gamla stenbro
Byggd 1898 av Karl Åberg och Karl Höbacka.
Harrströms old stone bridge
An old stonde bridge built in 1898.
The Kimo Ironworks is the only ironworks museum in Ostrobothnia. The three hundred years old art of forgery is being taught here by one generation to the next with the help of courses and all-day presentations. In the beautiful leafy landscape of dams, rapids and bridges one can explore epochs in history among the 18th century buildings, such as an ironworks estate, a steeple and the ruins of a tilt smithy.
The museum is located in an iron magazine dating back to 1763. On display there are scale models of the 18th century Kimo ironworks and hammer smithy, atmospheric pictures depicting work on the ironworks, and diverse items and tools associated with processing of iron, such as a smith’s diploma from the Bergskollegiet school in Stockholm, and tomb crosses forged by smiths, including also their own ones.
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Leväluhta Sacrifice Well
Leväluhta holy well is an internationally recognized burial ground from the Iron Age; here they have found bones from over a hundred people. Studies have shown that the bones are from the period 300-700 AD. Today Leväluhta is a green island in the middle of the open plain. An approximately 500 square meters large area enclosed by a red fence and the small forest hides two springs, which originally was a small lake.
It happens sometimes that first time visitors to Närpes get a wide eye surprise when they go past the church right outside of the downtown core. Rows and rows of small, red, windowless buildings, app. 150 in total, can be seen there. These are the unique church stables. They were used in the old days for housing horses during the church service. The stables were built for the horses and the long protruding roofs were intended to offer protection for sleighs and buggies.
The oldest preserved church stables stem from the end of the 18th century, but some were built in the beginning of the 20th century. At the most 400 stables were once in use. Nowadays you can walk freely around the area of the church stables, but those who want to know more can also book a guide.
The history of Vaasa can be traced to the early 14th century when sailors from Norrland landed on a forested island at the site of Old Vaasa. In the 1370’s Korsholm Castle was already being built on the spot. After the last ice age the land has been continuously rising in these parts of Finland. At the time Korsholm Castle was built, the area between Old Vaasa and the present town was under water and the coastline was further inland compared to the current one. Even as late as 170 years ago ships sailed to Vaasa along the channel that now, almost filled in, meanders across fields.
On a hot August morning in 1852 a disastrous fire broke out in Vaasa. The houses had either thatch or bark roofs and buildings were separated only by narrow gaps. By nightfall the flourishing town had turned into smoking ruins.
Vaasa was rebuilt some seven kilometers closer to the coast. The relocation provided better prospects for trade and a better harbour as well as a safer and more modern town plan. The legal town status of Vaasa was moved to new Vaasa in 1862.
Orisberg church is one of the few private churches in Finland. The Church, designed by architect Carl Ludvig Engel, was inaugurated in 1831.
+358 40 511 9599
The Museum of Old Vaasa
The Museum of Old Vaasa is located in the Wasastjerna House, in the city quarter known as Old Vaasa. You can learn about the history of Vaasa before the fire of 1852, which destroyed most of the city as it was then.
The museum’s ticket sales desk offers a small selection of cards, historically-themed museum shop items and books. The vaulted storage room on the ground floor functions as a café, Falander’s Cellar, which during the summer serves coffee, tea and soft drinks.
+358 6 325 3800
The old stone bridge in Toby
The stone bridge at Toby is the second oldest stone bridge still in use in Finland. With its twin arches, its 85 m length and 5,5 m width, it is a fine example of the bridge-building techniques of the 18th century.
Vaasa Market hall
For over a century Vasa Market Hall has been serving people as an essential gathering place and market in Vaasa. We, the merchants are very proud of our Gothic style hall building and its atmosphere ringing with history. Vasa Market Hall is one of the oldest in Finland, it is also protected by museum laws.
The Market hall was built in two separate sections of which the first, the one adjacent to Vaasanpuistikko stood clear in 1902, the second one, closer to Kauppapuistikko in 1927. From 1963 and on, the two halves have been joined together, making a free passage between the upper and the lower section of the Market Hall.
Visit the Market Hall for lunch, finish it off with a nice espresso and bring home some nice fresh ingredients – everything conveniently under the same roof! We also offer special treats that make your taste-buds water.
Vitmossen, Bronze age domicile