The second must in Finnish grave yard is Memorial of persons remained in Karelia (both civilian and soldiers).
This kind of memorials became common after our Wars, we lost a lot of soldiers, most of them were brought home, but some disappeared or had to leave to battle fields and a lot of civilians faced the same destiny. These memorials help relatives and friends to remember our beloved and give a place to light a candle on Christmas day and All Saints' Day.
As in many Finnish grave yards, Nokia Church has a war hero memorial area. It's most often in the best place of the church yard containing graves, memorial and sometimes a name list of those local soldiers died in the battle field.
The symbol in the middle is quite common in Finland, used in many honors, medals and coat of arms (e.g. Finnish airforces coat of arms has it). It's a swastika, which is an old sign of luck or immortality. Hope you don't disrupt it to the other swastika which seed fear some 70 years ago.
"They sacrificed themselves - all for us all"
Have you been in Helsinki Centre? Yep, this church belong to same family, it's by architect Carl Ludvig Engel. Check some Engel facts from Helsinki.
The Brick Church is neoclassical and it's from 1847. The church hall is a circle and it's a small and modest copy :) of Pantheon. The organs, which have 32 stops, are from 1974 and was produced in Kangasala Organ factory, which does not exist anymore (by the way, the last organs made there was implemented to Pirkkala Church 1995).
The bowling hall is located in old Nokia Shoes factory building. There are 8 tracks and the feeling is warm and cosy.
There are a restaurant, you can get burgers and chicken fingers for example and there is full rights also (beer, wine and spirits).
Prices from 20 to 28 depending on the weekday and time, check from web site, please.
PS. Mon-Tue bowling hall is normally lighted.
I got married in this church and last week dad's funeral was held there.
The church was planned by C.L. Engel in neo classical style and was finished in 1837.
There's a church museum in the basement of the church.
Open: 13.6. - 12.8.2005 mon-fri 11 - 18 (6 pm)
Long before the mobile phones there was industry under the name of Nokia. In early 1800's industrialists took notice of Nokianvirta as a lot of power was needed to carry on the work. The rapids were used to keep the work going and needed plentiful of supply. Finland's fourth groundwood mill was founded in 1968. In 1890 Nokia factory tried electric light for the first time and 13 years later power station was completed. They wanted to increase the electricity production and therefore a canal and a dam were constructed in 1913. Back those days electricity in fact was cheap!
The part of Kokemäenjoki-river which run through Nokia are called Nokianvirta on the banks of which were situated groundwood, paper and sulphite cellulose and rubber mills. The latter is still functioning and producing footwear and tyres. Emäkoski Bridge from 1957 connects the eastern and western banks. Before it there was an iron bridge which was constructed in 1893. Even before that you had to take a ferry to cross the river. There are many possibilities for long nature walks on the banks of the river. As little girls my sister and I used to play, first where there is now Melo Power Plant and then in Haavisto, creating a world that lived only in our imagination. We have spent hundreds, if not thousands, of days in the forests there.
The clubhouse was a personal donation from rubber factory director Eduard Polon to the personnel of the factory. Built in 1930. Today it is owned by Nokia Town and is used for hobby groups, exhibitions, parties, concerts...In 2003 it was voted as the most beautiful building in Nokia. My sister's wedding reception took place here back in 1973 and as a child I went to church's club there.
I remember this old hospital from my childhood. Dad was in an accident and he broke his leg and spent several weeks, if not months in the hospital and we visited him there every day. The hospital was built in 1926.
A nice white house on the left side of the road serves today as centre where you can do handicrafts like weaving. It's funny that when I still lived in Nokia (some 30 years ago) I never paid any attention to this building, but now I find it very pretty.
"We should build a road here"...said papermill director Ingwald Sourander, when he looked down from the railway station towards to the factory. The road, called Souranderintie /Sourander's Road/ was build in 1923. It was called the most beautiful road in Nokia and to keep up to this reputation some lovely buildings were built on both sides of the road.
Today train travels twelve times a day between Tampere and Pori, six times each way. Only some years ago the passenger trains did not stop in Nokia, but now you can reach Tampere in less than 20 minutes. The railway station building is from 1895.
Visit Siuro, beautiful active village west from Nokia,
easy to reach by car appr. 10km trip, or take bus that says SIURO, number 79 if i remember right...
check the church, mylly, rapids and have beer or coffee at legendary "siuro koskibaari"
Across the main road from the church is Hinttala Museum, where you can see how people lived in Finland about one hundred years ago. It's only a small place but very interesting. As a child my sister and I used to go there and play until somebody told us to go home!
I find old cemeteries fascinating. It's interesting to walk there and read the stones and wonder of what these people have died of. Some to the old graves are big with huge monuments and lots of plants like this one.
if u wanna see nice lakes, just drive around Nokia
my faves ones are on the other side of the train station, when u get off the train, just cross the tracks and follow the street to Ojamutka street, then ask there how u can reach the big lake with big rocks
i come here in every season
i love it