Kerava Things to Do

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    Circus horses at Kerava
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    The sun and wind monument at Keskusaukio
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    Circus horses

    by Zirpsis Updated Jul 22, 2015

    The circus horses (1979) commemorate the circus tradition at Kerava. The horses were meant to please and entertain the good people of Kerava but they got damaged in this duty and had to be renovated. Nowadays, they are on a higher pedestal (unlike the picture).

    Circus horses at Kerava
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    Modern Art Museum Sinkka

    by Zirpsis Updated Jul 22, 2015

    This modern art museum used to be at Savio in the Klondike building, but it moved to a more convenient location closer to Kerava center a couple of years ago. There's also a museum shop and a cafeteria. Note: free car parking behind the museum.

    Oddly enough, the museum is closed during the summer months. You should check the opening hours from their web site provided below.

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    Just another monument: J.K.Paasikivi

    by Zirpsis Updated Sep 1, 2007

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    You'll find this monument in Kerava's central park. It's the memorial of Juho Kusti Paasikivi (1870-1956), a great Finnish statesman and President of Finland 1946-1956. He created a new foreign policy, the so called Paasikivi Line, and lead the country during the difficult times of rebuilding the economy after WWII. The name "Paasikivi" refers to a big stone hence the huge natural granite pedestal here.

    Smart winter wear: elegant snow hat & collar J.K.Paasikivi monument Spring flowers surrounging J.K.Paasikivi
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    Art and atmosphere

    by Zirpsis Updated Sep 1, 2007

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    Visit Kerava Manor and its art exhibitions (open in summertime only!). You can have some coffee and a bite to eat at the cafe and, if the weather is nice, you can enjoy the garden terrace. The history of the manor dates back to the 16th century. The present main building was built in 1810 and is said to be haunted.
    You might be surprised to see the wood behind the manor for it's left wild. There's a reason for this: it's a bird park - kind of nesting sancutary - see my tip on this.

    Kerava Manor main entrance Kerava Manor is closed for winter Kerava Manor Kerava Manor side entrance
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    Sun and wind statue

    by Zirpsis Written Aug 26, 2007

    In the middle of the Kauppakaari Promenade at Keskusaukio (central square), you can see this grey granit statue. It was placed here 1982, it's called "Sun and wind" and it's by Heikki Haivaoja, the sculptor. Originally, there was also the element of water involved. I distinctly remember trickles of water running from the middle, but they have discontinued that. This statue has been dry for years. I wonder why...

    The sun and wind monument at Keskusaukio
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    Who's this guy?

    by Zirpsis Updated Aug 25, 2007

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    When in Kerava, you might come across this statue and wonder who this guy is. Well, I'm going to tell you. He's Volmari Iso-Hollo (1908-1969), nicknamed Vomma. Finnish runner who won two successive gold medals in the Olympic Games for the 3000-metre steeplechase (1932 Los Angeles, 1936 Berlin). In addition, he won Olympic silver in '32 and bronze in '36 for 10,000-metre run. He also wrote a runner's guide book and some of his training instructions are still valid today.
    Iso-Hollo lived and worked in Kerava all his life and this statue was erected in his honor 1994. It's of bronze and by Erkki Kannosto.

    Volmari Iso-hollo, double Olympic gold medalist
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    Sampolan alikulku - artsy tunnel

    by Zirpsis Updated Aug 25, 2007

    This is just another example of how a mundane thing like pedestrian passage can be designed. It could have been made of plain concrete all grey and uninteresting. But this is Kerava, remember? There are colourful painted details and details in granite on the walls and columns and what not.

    There's a rondell in the middle of the passage with benches and if you look up, you'll see a row of paintings. They are by Alpo Jaakola and called Huovintie's history from 900 to 1990. They seem to be painted on planks of wood much like a picket fence. And thats right, professor Jaakola was having a strong creative period but ran temporarily out of canvas so he painted on his fence.

    People passing by everyday hardly take any notice. So sad...

    Sampolan alikulku rondell with paintings Part of Huovintie's history 900-1990 Train time tables are also displayed This way to the trains A donation by the local Rotary Club
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    Going for a walk

    by Zirpsis Updated Jul 9, 2006

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    There are good possibilities to go for a relaxing walk at Kerava for the network of footpaths criss-crosses around the whole town. There are both paved, gravel and natural paths. Here you have some pictures: a few summer, one autumn and one spring pic. In the wintertime, most paths in the woods are skiing tracks and then you should not go there tramping and spoiling the tracks so as not to upset anybody. Some people can take such an "offense" very seriously.

    Footpath with birch trees Small bridge Autumn colours For the walking and cyckling, but no motors Tree in the middle of a path crossing
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    KEUDA Building for Shows, Concerts & Meetings

    by Zirpsis Updated May 25, 2006

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    This building is actually a college, but they have a good hall for shows, concerts and stuff like that. Also some conferences have been arranged here from time to time. It's centrally located opposite the library so it's rather easy to find.

    KEUDA Building and a water feature KEUDA Building, Kerava
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    Shoe box style

    by Zirpsis Updated May 25, 2006

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    Kerava church (Evangelic-Lutheran), designed by Ahti Korhonen, was built 1963 and it is a typical representative of that time's Finnish architecture of simplified functional spaces which create a peaceful atmosphere of silent worship. However, I'm not too impressed by this shoe box style.

    Kerava Church - main entrance Kerava Church (1963) Kerava Church
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    Need some medical attending?

    by Zirpsis Written May 20, 2006

    You can get some first aid at the healthcare center, look for signs pointing to Terveyskeskus or signs with a red cross. The building was fully renovated and they also built a whole new wing about a year ago so the facilities are modern. The word "firstaid" is in Finnish "Ensiapu". The Ensiapu is open daily from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

    Kerava Healthcare center
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    Contact this

    by Zirpsis Updated Feb 5, 2006

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    This monument is called "Kontakti" by Tapio Junnila, 1974. I don't know if those two are blowing bubble gum or if it's talk bubbles coming out of their mouths. Or maybe their faces just dropped off. Anyway, it's on a school yard and, with that in mind, it's rather clean, isn't it. No graffities.

    Faceless cyclops blow bubble gum Snow caps like white wigs
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    Free Internet usage

    by Zirpsis Updated Jan 29, 2006

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    If you are travelling and would like to use a computer to check your e-mail, where do you go? There are no Internet cafes at Kerava. However, at the library, there are some computers that you can use free to access the Internet or for whatever purpose you need. Please note the PC's reboot at 15 min intervals. If there's nobody in que, you can login again and continue surfing/working but if someone's waiting for their turn, you must let them have a go. Oh, and you should also be aware that there's video surveillance.

    Kerava library (2003) Library and the flag of Finland
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    Light in the night

    by Zirpsis Updated Dec 11, 2005

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    This is unique! This is something you must see for yourself! Changing lights and colours, changing water showers from the many fantastic artifacts in the fountain this work of art is complete with music composed especially for it. During winter time the light show shines brightly on snow reflecting an ever changing display of colours. The artifacts are made and the display is designed by Mr. Antti Maasalo 2005.

    Ode to Water, by Antti Maasalo, 2005 Oodi vedelle, by Antti Maasalo, 2005 Ode to Water, by Antti Maasalo 2005
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    Annual circus fair in September

    by Zirpsis Updated Dec 5, 2005

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    Finland's first ever circus and fair ground was established in Kerava in the 1880's so the town has long traditions in this field.
    Every year, in mid September, there's a traditional circus fair at Kerava. Then the center of town is filled with fairground gear. Come to see free circus performances, take a ride in for example a roller coaster or a carousel and enjoy a world of tastes at the dozens of street kitchens. Great fun for the whole family.
    Arranged by the local sports society to support local youth sporting activities.

    Giant wheel Artist upside down Speeding around and around
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