Kaleva Church (Kalevan kirkko) is a modern church that was built in 1966 for the Kaleva parish on top of Liisankallio hill at Kaleva district. It was designed by Reima and Raili Pietila the famous architectures (and married couple) that also designed the Metso Library.
The weird shape of the church supposed to be inspired the shape of a fish (the old Christian symbol) but it was hard for me to see this as I focused on the large vertical orientation that brought in mind the old cathedrals.
I walked through Liisanpuisto park, some old ladies were there with their tiny dogs (you know the ones that look like mice actually). In this one there is much more light inside due to large vertical windows that start from floor to reach the ceiling highlighting in this way the shape of the church. There’s lot of concrete around, some wooden surfaces and lack of right angles will cause many questions to the average Christian believer that don’t really care about the minimalist interior but again there are many more old style churches all over the city, lets have one to break the monotony…
The church is open daily 11.00-15.00 (july&august till 17.00)
Tampere Cathedral (Tampereen tuomiokirkko) was built in early 20th century (1902-07) in National Romantic style, a popular style at that time with a turn into early medieval architecture. The church was known as Saint John church when was constructed and is now the seat of Diocese of Tampere.
Although I liked the exterior what I wanted to see really were the famous frescoes of the interior. They were painted by the finnish symbolist painter Hugo Simberg, I guess the locals must have been shocked when they first saw them as many frescoes are full of numerous naked young boys bearing a gigantic garland. But the most famous paintings are on the dark side, don’t miss the The Wounded Angel (on top left of my pic 4, two boys carrying a bleeding angel) and Garden of Death (happy skeletons water plants, what a paradox of them been in a garden that is symbol of life!).
Have in mind that the altar piece was painted by Magnus Enckell, showing the future resurrection of people of all races (pic 5)
The cathedral is open daily 11.00-15.00 (in summer till 17.00)
500m north of the train station
Finlayson Church (Finlaysonin kirkko) is a small but beautiful church in Finlayson area that is very popular for weddings.
It’s a red-brick structure (pics 1-2) that was built in 1879 by architect Calonius in gothic revival style to serve the factory workers (their community was as big as the rest of the city of Tampere!).
I didn’t stay much inside because they were preparing for an upcoming ceremony so I didn’t want to disturb them. The decoration seemed to be dedicated to Christmas holidays though, weird considering the fact it was in mid june when I was there…
During the summer months it’s open daily 10.00-18.00 (in winter depends on ceremonies)
Nasi Park (Näsinpuisto) is a nice park located up on Nasikallio hill on the side of Näsijärvi lake from where you can actually overlook the lake. The park covers about 6 hectares was created between 1904 and 1909 with only some pines at that time (it was just a bare rock actually) but not full of different trees and flowers that we see today.
Walking up Hameenpuisto we ended up at the entrance of the park on the south side of it. There is a nice fountain (pic 1) in national romantic style that was created in 1913 by Emil Wikstrom. It is interesting to know this was the first public work of art in Tampere with 3 different pieces of statues, on top maiden Pohjaneito spines gold thread, low on the left an old man with his grandson and low on the right a grandmother showing her granddaughter how to knit.
Then we walked through the park, it was very peaceful, silence reigned around with only some small birds here breaking the silence, no one else around except a girl with her dog. On the top of the hill there is a mansion (pic 4), it’s Nasilinna Palace that dates from 1898 and used to house Hame Museum for some years.
There is also a memorial in the park (pic 5), it was created in 1940 in memory of the victims of the tragic shipwreck of S/S Kuru which sunk off Tampere in 1929 causing the death of 138 people. We stood for a while there, it’s a good view point over the lake and Sarkanniemi park.
Although close to the train station we failed to visit this church when it was open. At least we had the chance to admire the exterior, a beautiful onion-domed orthodox church that was built at the end of 19th century in Russian style. Tampere Orthodox Church (Tampereen ortodoksikirkko) is also known as St.Alexander Nevski and St.Nickolas church. With its seven domes representing the seven sacraments it looks beautiful but it was heavily damaged during the civil war in 1918 when when white troops besieged the church that had been taken over by the Reds. I wish I could see the interior but worth the visit as it’s always nice to see neobyzantine church especially in a country like Finland where most people are Lutherans.
The church is open daily 10.00-16.00 (Sundays 12.00-16.00)
We took some pictures of the church (pics 1-4), a picture of the square opposite the church (pic 5) and we returned back to the center.
One evening when all museums and churches were closed we took Bus 18 to the west to see the suburbs outside the city, the route was a bit boring but passed by some small or bigger lakes. We stopped near lake Nasijarvi to take some pictures (pics 1-2, if you look at far distance of pic 1 you can see on the left the Nasinneula observation tower). Unfortunately it was cloudy that day.
We walked a bit near the lake but was a bit boring so we took the bus back to the city and stopped at Sarkanniemi Adventure Park which is located next to the lake.
Nasijarvi is the biggest lake in Tampere area bordering the north part of Tampere city and is connected with Pyhajarvi lake at the south part of Tampere through Tammerkoski rapids. During the summer there are ferry cruises but it must be beautiful in winter too when it gets frozen and people use to go for walking! Of course the lake is popular among locals for fishing (zander, perch, brown trout and landlocked salmon are the common species but also large pikes). The lake spreads to the north, there are some islands here and there, by the way I’ve read that there are some good fishing spots along the shores of Tampere…
We also took a picture of the lake from Nasi park (pic 3)
I highly recommend Tulenkantajat Bookstore, the heart of Tampere literature scene. Lot of poetry readings and book launches, also in English. Finnish novels and poetry translated to English. Finnish comics. Travel guides. Anarchistic atmosphere. Free coffee and young lazy poets hanging around and debating.
Also a new art gallery “Koppelo” collaborating with Tulenkantajat and there’s a small Author’s museum hidden inside of the store. You can find “the poet’s coat” which has belonged to five important Finnish poets since 1963 or Mirkka Rekola’s, the most significant Finnish aphorists, legendary headpiece or Eeva-Liisa Manner’s typing machine.
You can find the schedule from tulenkantajat.wordpress.com or from the showcase. At 2012 Tulenkantajat arranged about 80 different public events. They have also their own literature award, worth of 5000€.
Tulenkantajat is lead and owned by the local poets, so don’t hesitate to ask anything about the history of the store or the traditions or the latest news about Finnish literature. If you are lucky, you might pop up in the middle of the dispute of various poetic schools of thoughts or reading with free wine or beer.
The water tower of Hervanta is located in South East suburb Hervanta. It's like a mushroom (inspired from Ashen Knight, Tricholoma virgatum :) and was build 1983. You can take an elevator trip to top, there is a cafe Häränsilmä (Bull's Eye) and very nice views around Hervanta and Tampere.
- 1000 cubic meters water
- whole space 4500 cubic meters
- construction budget 4,5 million Finnish marks
- 47 high (152 meter above sea level), 17 floors
- 16 places in cafe (30 in terrace during summer time)
- speed of the lift 2,5 m/s
Entrance is free, but because it is business are of cafe, I highly recommend you to take a cafe or eat there, seriously.
Pyynikki shot factory was used to produce shots, right. This factory was used from 1909 to 1972 and made 300 000 kilos of shots on best years. The tower is 55 meters high and said to be so dangerous that it's not open for visitors even if you wish, as I do. But some day I dress a batman suit and climb there on darkness of night.
The lead was first smelted in jars on bottom, lifted up as bars and dropped back to the ground and water inside shot tube. The air made the drops appear and these drops became shots on desired size. Amazing, nowadays they produce these probably in East with different methods. The production method was (or is still) a secret and only two families knew the recipe. They had to agree lifetime restrictions not to give the information to anyone.
On those old days the shots were packed to bag made of flax linen, I wonder if someone owns a one, I would be interested in to purchase one.
There's a nice restaurant "Haulitehdas" for private use, you can have it for meetings or weddings they rent the place only for one during weekends, end the previous day is for your preparations and the next day for unpacking, all included to the rent).
Call (weekdays 02:00PM-6:00PM) +358 40-547 9904.
The address of Haulitehdas is Haulikatu 8, 33250 Tampere
more suggestions, choices and varieties
day 1(fri) arriving in Helsinki.
go to closest bar and have a beer, so would i do. let virtualtourist forum know it if you wanna meet them. this is quite active over here.
day 2 and 3 program is good.
Its wisest to use busses to head up to espoo, but i assume you know all that jazz. remember to check routes, espoo is HUGE and there is lots of forest, not so easy to recognize where the bus travels on outskirts...
day 6(wed) trip to Tampere (landmarks, museums)
-train station; designed in 1930, ultramodern for its time. local bar over the itsenäisyydenkatu can enter from train track 1 level
-walk hämeenkatu for shopping,
-finlayson (satakunnankatu) for nightlife and shops and lunch
-tampella for museums, but tampella-vapriikki museum has nice terrace and also cheap lunch by beutiful UNESCO-heritage view
-take bus 70-71 towards nokia, and hop off in PISPALA, near the tower with small cabin on high scaffolding; thats HAULITORNI. pispala is old small houses area. nice to wander around.
day 8(fri) check the helsinki nightlife and have fun, too many choices to make
The openings are just starting, I take my camera and let's see what I can get.
We have a looong dark season, starting from Autumn Equinox and Tampere Illuminations is our one way out from depression. There are some 200 light figures (over 30,000 bulbs) hung above the city streets. The illuminations started into life in 1965 and it's now a popular phenomenon both with Tampere’s 210,000 residents and with travelers coming to our city (it's not a peak season, but this is one reason to come :)
It was cold and cloudy, I didn't go to streets but took some photos from Lapinniemi. Näsinneula had got a new decoration and I got to film some fireworks also.
The Luteran church is built on 1825 and it is made of wood. The architects were Carlo Bassi (church) and Carl Ludvig Engelin (stack) built 1828 serving Tampere Swedish congregation and it is the church for all immigrants.
As all wooden buldings this has been renovated multiple times and the most significant manouvres were 1953–1954 when the church got almost original layout.
Delays are normal in these days on every building project the same was it on those old days. A lot of challenges: where to build, of what materia and on these level even churches didn't have enough property to this sized constractions. The battle was between church and city the authorities, now we can say that right side won.
The church is very popular to have weddings, it's small to get close atmosphere there is about 300 sitting place.
Currently Tampere has 17 Towns of Friendship. Probably we are following old wisdom "Search your friends close and enemies far away".
I think the guide stud is tilted to South West!
Mwanza is in Africa and we have a common project (Local Governance Cooperation project) with them with agenda: sustainable development, administration, culture change and development of expertise and technical skills of city employees.
If you like to shop in markets or you would like to taste Black Sausage (see my local customs tips), this is the only place you can do it with proper way and correctly (according to Tampere standards)! Take you sausage with cranberry jelly from Tapola's kiosk (kiosk is a small one hatch shop or stand) and just enjoy.
Emil Aaltonen, who's monument is in the picture, was a famous shoemaker and the monument is besides Tammela market square (and the old shoe factory is besides the monument).
Finlayson's church is unique among the churches of Tampera. The church is heritage of James Finlayson and Wilhelm von Nottbeck.
It's amusing that Fin doesn't mean Fin: mister Finlayson is a Scot! He is one of the persons who laid the foundations of Tampere's (and finnish too) textile industry.
Tampere Cotton Factory got the rights to hire a factory priest in 1846 and in 1879 this read brick chapel was ready to serve textile labourers and their family members (and that ment almost half of Tampere citizens).
The chapel is designed by town architech F. L. Calonius and the chapel follows english congregation church of style.
From year 1996 the chapel acts as Children Cathedral (especially in summers) when the biblic stories are illustrated with miniature models of happenings and the world.
My high recommendation!
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