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    The Maritime Museum II

    by MikeAtSea Written Aug 19, 2007

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    The collection includes parts of wrecks, ships that have been built by Finnish ship yards, historical items such as seaman’s books and other papers. The museum also allows visitors to lay hand on navigating a ship, since a ship simulator called Jenny is available.

    Jenny the Ship Simulator Old Diving Ships Model Inside the Musem
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    Kirsti Museum

    by MikeAtSea Written Aug 19, 2007

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    The entire residential building today is a museum and one can enter the world of the locals living in Rauma some 200 years ago. The furniture, stoves and work places, as well as the rooms where people rested have been kept the way as they were in the past.

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    Kirsti

    by MikeAtSea Written Aug 19, 2007

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    The residential building is mainly from the 18th century and it depicts the life of owner and tenant families around the turn of the century. The enclosed courtyard has been preserved and include the stables, cowshed, storehouse, cellar and well

    Kirsti Kirsti
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    Jokela

    by MikeAtSea Written Aug 19, 2007

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    Jokela was the house where Hj Nortamo was born, a doctor and author who wrote mainly in the Rauma dialect. He contributed to Finnish literature that included narratives of the life of seamen in the local dialect.

    Jokela Jokela
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    Marela

    by MikeAtSea Written Aug 19, 2007

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    One of the most decorative buildings in Rauma dates back to the early 19th century, it has been converted into Renaissance style. The building is situated in Kauppakatu and today a museum. The building was owned by several ship-owning families.

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    Helsinki Square

    by MikeAtSea Written Aug 19, 2007

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    The legend says that the citizens of Rauma were asked to build Helsinki in 1550 by King Gustavus Vaasa. Those who had to leave were assembled on this square. The main feature of the square today is a statue of a Bobbin Lace-maker as a tribute to the traditional handicraft that was passed on from generation to generation.

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    The Market Place

    by MikeAtSea Written Aug 19, 2007

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    The main square of the old town of Rauma is the Market Place surrounded by the old town hall and many other impressive buildings. One can only imagine how busy this place would have been centuries ago with trading from passing ships. During my visit some construction took place to build a kiosk or similar in the middle of the square.

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    Alfred Kordelin House

    by MikeAtSea Written Aug 19, 2007

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    The life story of the Agricultural Councillor Alfred Kordelin is the tale of a poor Rauma sailor’s son who amassed a great fortune and used it to promote education and culture. This house is the birthplace of this generous Rauma citizen.

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    The Church of the Holy Cross

    by MikeAtSea Written Aug 19, 2007

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    This former monastery is believed to have been built in the mid 15th century and now serves as the church for the congregation of Rauma. The white spire of the church was not built until 1816 and since then it has served as a landmark for seafarers. A statue of a Franciscan Monk was erected in front of the church in memory of its builders. The statue was carved by Jussi Vikainen.

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    Rauma on Foot

    by MikeAtSea Written Aug 19, 2007

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    If you want to explore Rauma on foot the tourism office offers guided tours during the summer months. Alternatively use the tips below to find your main attractions. I spent about two hours in the old town and was able to see almost all attractions and buildings.

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  • Lace Week

    by lumituisku Written Apr 19, 2006

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    Annually at the end of July there's the Lace Week in Rauma. It doesn't mean that it would be only for people who are interested in handicrafts but that's the time of the year when there are a lot of other happenings, too. During the Lace Week there's also the Night of Black Lace when there's a market all over the old town and boutiques are open until midnight or so (depends on the owners of course).

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    The Market Square

    by Muya Written Mar 3, 2005

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    A lively market day with stalls all around the square :-)
    The Market Square is the main square in Rauma, edged with the Tourist Office and bars' outside tables. Incredibly beautiful sky…. I love the colour of a stormy sky, that brings out the electrical colours of nature. An impressive embodiment of power and might !

    On the Market Square

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    The Old Town Hall

    by Muya Written Mar 3, 2005

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    The Old Town Hall and its impressive clock tower was build in 1776 mainly in baroque-style.
    It now houses Rauma’s Historical Museum that displays objects related to the town history, shipping and lace making.
    4 euros in the summer time, and 2euros in winter (gives acces to oter opened sites)

    Town Hall tower

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    Church of the Holy Cross

    by Muya Written Mar 3, 2005

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    The church of the Holy Cross is the former church that belonged to the Franciscan Monastery build in the 15th century.
    In this two-aisle stone church with medieval wall, you can admire vault paintings in the choir.

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    The lacemaker

    by Muya Written Mar 3, 2005

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    We happened to pass by this statue reminding that lace used to be and still is a flourishing trade in Rauma. It is difficult to know precisely how lace-making started in town. It can possibly owe its origin to the Franciscan monks, or Flemish families as well… but it was more likely brought by the sailormen. Anyway, the seamen of the town imported the knowhow of lace making, and this explains why the first lacemakers were men :-)

    Lacemaker

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