Reposaari island is located outside Pori on the Gulf of Bothnia at the outlet of the River Kokem?enjoki. The island is about three kilometres long and a half kilometre wide.
Because of its favourable location and this uniquely sheltered and deep natural harbour Reposaari was well known to tradesmen and warriors.
The many beatiful wooden houses are witnesses of those times and together with a marvellous maritime scenery it makes an attractive place.
Fritz Arthur Juselius, a mining counsellor had the mausoleum built to commemorate the death of his 11-year-old daughter Sigrid. He was also buried there after his death. The building started in 1899 and finished in 1902.
The mausoleum is designed by Josef Stenbäck. The original frescos, painted by the artist Akseli Gallen-Kallela, were destroyed in a fire in 1931. The wall paintings seen today are the work of his son; artist Jorma Gallen-Kallela and were made from Akseli´s original sketches.
Opening times: Free entrance 1.5.-31.8. from 12.00 till 15.00 daily and from 1.9.-30.4. on Sundays from 12.00 till 14.00. You can also ask for a tour outside of these times from Käppärä Cemetery´s office, phone: +3582 623 8746, open from monday to friday from 8.00 till 14.00. This will cost you.
Address: Käppärä cemetery, Vanha maantie 33
Directions: Walking distance from city centre.
- Arts and Culture
- Museum Visits
During the summer(this year it will be in 21-24 July) there are big open-air concerts held at the beautiful concert park Kirjurinluoto Arena on the Kokemäki riverside.
The riverside Jazzstreet provides round-the-clock rhythms throughout the festival week.
This year will be the 40th edition!!
The festival program emphasizes jazz, but as usual offers also blues, soul, funk, hip-hop and latin music.
The Ultra Music Meeting, held at Pori Theatre 20-22 July, features this year three different themes; Norvegian Soundscapes, Freedom Now and A taste of Rock n´Roll.
Directions: Pori Jazz office is open from 8.30 am to 4.30 pm and daily during the festival 15. - 24.7.05 from 8.30 am to 10 pm.
Phone: +358-2-6262 200
This is an experience not to miss if you are in Pori during the Jazz Fesitval. The picnic concert is on the Island of Kirjurinluoto and goes on for the whole afternoon. There is enough space to sit down, eat and drink while linstening to world class jazz music!
Address: Kirjurinluoto Island, Pori
The street on the scenic banks of the Kokemäki River is the place where all people gather during the Jazz Festival of Pori. There you find free concerts, market stands, local and international food specialities and of course much to drink.
Reposaari Church and the belfry were completed in the Norwegian style in 1876 by norvegian seamen. The church is hexagon, and the belfry is octagon. The ceiling paintings were painted by Lennart Segerstrale in 1928. The altarpiece is from 1906, and the organ is from 1940.
This is the place where the International Jazz Festival is held every year.
The island is also the favourite recreation area in the city center for people of Pori. You'll find a sandy Beach, a children' playground and a summer restaurant.
- Hiking and Walking
This valuable old building was designed by architect C.L. Engel and completed in 1841.
It underwent basic repairs and restoration work and is now shining like in the old days.
The building houses the Pori City Tourist Office.
Address: Hallituskatu 9A, 28100 Pori
Phone: For visits: + 358 2 621 11 00
- Historical Travel
If you plan to celebrate the new year in Pori, prepare yourself for the very cold weather!
During the 31st of December 2002 the temperature dropped down to -18C. This however doesn't stop the citizen of Pori from gathering to watch the fireworks by Kokemäki River.
Yyteri Sands. Sunbathing, beach volley, minigolf, surfing, tennis, boating... you name it. Also a naturist beach ;)
6 kilometres of dunes with fine, white sand; one of the best beaches in whole Scandinavia. Also Yyteri Camping area and Yyteri Spa Hotel.
Address: 20 km from centre, take a bus.
..go to the Pori Jazz, big jazz festival.
The Pori Jazz is a tradition, Year 2001 also brought a new dimension to the festival when the new Pori Concert Stadium was opened. The stadium is situated within walking distance from the city center and it will be the largest concert stadium in Finland offering room for 40.000 people. Pori Jazz wants to serve the audience also better via Internet and our new home pages will be introduced this autumn. Their great ambition is to carry out the widest covering jazz portal in the world within 3 years time. Pori Jazz – best feeling – unforgettable moments.
The mausoleum of Juselius. He wanted it for the memory of his daughter who died at the age of 11. It is situated in the Käppärä cemetery. The original frescos were painted by the famous Akseli Gallen-Kalliala. They got destroyed and his son, Jorma Gallen-Kallela painted them later after the original sketches.
Especially in the evening it is really relaxing walking on the river and on the island of Kirjurinluoto.
- Hiking and Walking
Yyteri. Pori has the best beaches in Finland.
Yyteri beaches are 20km from the central but buses go there often. 6km of beach...