27 kesäkuuta 2019

Ainola - The Home of Jean Sibelius

There was facade painting going on...

Ainola means Chez Aino and it was the home of our national composer 
Jean Sibelius  (1865 - 1957) and his family - today a home museum. 
The pair got six daughters of whom one died as a baby. This handsome home was designed 
by Lars Sonck (1870-1956), a celebre architect of Art Nouveau and National Romantic styles. 
Located in the artist community of Lake Tuusula, Ainola was completed in 1904. 
In this link there is much interesting reading about the Sibelius family.

The house has log walls and a green-tiled fireplace, very typical of that time.
It is very cosy and looks like the Sibelius family could come and greet you any minute.

Sibelius’ wife Aino had a tough job restraining his ingenious husband's partying & drinking lifestyle
- and raising their daughters and managing the household with a tight budget.
She cultivated vegetables in the garden to make ends meet and teached the daughters at home.
Next autumn a biography of Aino Sibelius shall be released
and I am sure it shall be an interesting reading.

Ainola’s kitchen is big and it was once white, now the colour is a bit yellowish.
The atmosphere was relaxed and lovely.

Old apple trees were in full bloom when I visited in the spring.

The pair is buried on the property. The bronze grave monument is simple & impressive.
It is designed by the architect Aulis Blomstedt married to Sibelius’ youngest daughter Heidi.
Jean Sibelius died in 1957 and Aino in 1969.

Of course today the garden has no vegetable garden, mainly decorative plants, 
but the old apple trees were still blooming. 

The house is situated on a low hill, the garden lies on the lower part.
I can imagine Aino walking these stone stairs many times a day.


Before the time of regfrigerators a cellar like this was needed.

The sauna of Ainola looked very primitive inside. 
But there was an ingenious water leading system from the hot water cauldron directly to 
Mr. Sibelius' bathtub behind the wall. I read that he loved to take baths!

Jean Sibelius' monument by Eila Hiltunen is located at the Sibelius park, Helsinki. 
It was unveiled in 1967. The Sibelius Monument, resembling organ pipes, 
is made of welded steel with over 600 pipes and with the bust of the composer on one side. 
The monument is one of Helsinki's most popular statues and 
one of the most well-known tourist attractions.

FINLANDIA by Jean Sibelius is a bit dramatic in the summer time,
but this video has beautiful winter views from Finland, and a choir & lyrics.


12 kommenttia:

  1. ...beautiful home and grounds!

  2. Muito bela esta casa, aproveito para desejar a continuação de uma boa semana.

    Dedais de Francisco e Idalisa
    O prazer dos livros

  3. Liebe riitta,
    ganz lieben Dank ♥ dass Du uns mitgenommen hast in dieses wunderbare Museum. Es wirkt so lebendig, so bewohnt. Man kann sich wirklich gut vorstellen, auf einem der Wege oder in einem der vielen Räume einem der Sibelius - Familie zu begegnen.
    Lieben Gruß

  4. This is a beautiful place! Thanks for taking us along with your beautiful photographs!

  5. Tämän kuvasarjan avulla oli mukava verestää omia visiittejä Ainolaan. Kiitos Riitta.

  6. Hi Riitta,
    thank you for sharing those wonderful place!
    Wishing you a happy weekend,
    Love and hugs, Claudia xo

  7. Thanks for sharing this interesting place.
    One of the places in my list to visit...
    Have a sunny weekend, Riitta!

  8. Such a beautiful home.
    I enjoyed my visit so much. Thank you.

  9. Se ve muy bonito. Un beso.

  10. Riitta - an interesting bit of history. It does not surprise me in the least that Aino had much to handle in this household. Behind every man is an even stronger woman. And from the photo, it appears she was a very striking woman. I love the fact that the apple trees are still blooming. Thanks for linking to Mosaic Monday.

  11. Beautiful garden and house. So wonderful to read about the family, specially about his wife.

    Thank you so much for linking up this post on Wandering Camera.

  12. Those are gorgeous, what a beautiful collection of photos xx #wanderingcamera


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