19 helmikuuta 2020

Old Church & Plague Park


Vanhakirkko Park, also known as Ruttopuisto Park, is located in the center of Helsinki. The name Ruttopuisto comes from the fact that on the spot there used to be a cemetery where victims of the 1710 plague epidemic were buried. In summer, the park is lush and cozy, now of course bare and wintery. In Vanhakirkko Park people spend time among the tombstones as in any park. With the exception of the soldiers killed in the civil war in Finland and Estonia, no people have been buried in the park since 1829. 48 tombstones from 1790 - 1829 are preserved in the park.




The park is home to Vanhakirkko = Old Church, which was inaugurated in 1826 
and is the second oldest church in Helsinki. The architect was German Carl Ludwig Engel.
Photo below online.



In Vanhakirkko Park there is a mass grave & memorial of German soldiers who fell in Helsinki in April 1918. The monument was designed by sculptor Gunnar Finne and architect Johan S. Sirén and was unveiled in 1920. In front of the black stone pavement is a relief depicting a kneeling young man and German texts. "Den in Kampf um Helsingfors im April 1918 gefallenen Deutschen Helden Errichtete Diesmal die dankbare Stadt”.



The church is beautiful inside and has about 1,200 seats. 
It is a very popular church for baptisms and weddings. Photo online.

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23 kommenttia:

  1. ...Riitta, history certainly goes back further for you than it does here. The interior of the church is similar to some that I have seen here. Enjoy your week.

    VastaaPoista
  2. Uutta tietoa mulle, kiitti ku jaoit! :)

    VastaaPoista
  3. Wunderschön die Kirche und der Platz, das sind wunderbare Fotos davon!
    Lieben Gruss Elke

    VastaaPoista
  4. Hi Riitta,
    what a wonderful place! Thank you for the pictures and the view inside this beautiful church!
    Have a happy day,
    Love and hugs, Claudia xo

    VastaaPoista
  5. Also again so interesting and beautiful. I always love the way you bring your home closer.

    Greetings

    N☼va

    VastaaPoista
  6. Liebe Riitta,
    wieder ein deutscher Architekt und ich meine mich erinnern zu können, dass du schon mal von ihm berichtet hast.

    So alte Friedhöfe mit den Grabsteinen, die haben schon etwas. Kahl ist es zur Zeit noch überall, leider aber ich vergesse auch immer, dass es erst Februar ist. Normalerweise liegt ja noch Schnee, den brauche ich aber nimmer.
    Interessant auch das "Kriegerdenkmal" ja, die Deutschen und die Finnen das Gefecht um die Sauna bei Simo ist ja auch finnische Geschichte.
    Liebe Grüße Eva

    VastaaPoista
  7. Das letzte Bild erinnert mich, dass heute ein denkwürdiges Datum zum Heiraten ist.
    L G Pia

    VastaaPoista
  8. Danke liebe Riitta,
    dass du wieder mit einem sehr interessanten Beitrag zu mir verlinkt hast !
    Es ist immer spannend zu sehen, wie es in anderen Ländern ausschaut.
    Ganz liebe Grüße
    Jutta

    VastaaPoista
  9. wie schön, dass der park und auch die alten grabsteine erhalten wurden. es ist gut, so etwas mitten in der stadt zu haben!
    liebe grüße
    mano

    VastaaPoista
  10. Tajusin juuri, etten ole koskaan käynyt tuon kirkon sisällä, Ruttopuisttossa on kyllä tullut istuttua.

    VastaaPoista
    Vastaukset
    1. En ole minäkään eikä nytkään ollut aikaa, ja kirkko näytti aivan suljetulta. Kävin Sinebrychoffilla katsomassa Edlfeltin keisarillisia lapsia. Paras minusta oli maalaus hänen pienestä siskostaan ja tämän koirsta! Ihana <3

      Poista
  11. Dear Riitaa,
    I love a Walk at Cementarys. Thank you for the view in the Church,
    Greetings
    Kirsi

    VastaaPoista
  12. The wedding photo is beautiful!

    VastaaPoista
  13. Dear Riitta,
    such a beautiful park, a memorial, in the middle of the city. It looks beautiful. A place where you can stop and rest.
    Best regards
    moni

    VastaaPoista
  14. A lot of poignant history at this location. Whenever I see images of Helsinki it always seems like a very liable city somehow.

    VastaaPoista
  15. Indeed, the interior of the church is bright and beautiful and provides the right setting for celebrations. The old tombstones are beautiful and fit this place!

    VastaaPoista
  16. Interessant ,das es ein Kriegerdenkmal gibt und auch schön!
    Die Kirche ist ja innen und aussen bezaubernd. Da getauft oder getraut werden ist sicher ein schönes Erlebnis.
    Liebe Grüsse zu Dir, Klärchen

    VastaaPoista
  17. Dear Riita,
    thank you for your comment on my Helsinki posting! Yes, the trip took place in September and the weather was (relatively) friendly. Too bad the stay in Helsinki was so short, I would have liked to see more of the city. Unfortunately we didn't see the Vanhakirkko Park and the beautiful old church. But that's the way it is on such trips - you get a short impression, that's all. I was nevertheless happy to step on Finnish soil again after such a long time and we enjoyed the day very much.
    Have a nice evening
    Traude
    https://rostrose.blogspot.com/2020/02/ostsee-2019-st-petersburg.html

    VastaaPoista
    Vastaukset
    1. Hi Traude,

      Yes, there is a lot to see in Helsinki. But it is always so that during a short visit you have to choose. Happy weekend.

      Poista
  18. What a gorgeous place! Thanks for sharing this church with us :)

    I'm so glad you are a part of 'My Corner of the World' this week!

    My Corner of the World

    VastaaPoista
  19. The cemetery is beautiful and poignant. The snow fall effect looks even more perfect with those pictures. It adds to the sense of serenity and quiet of the old graves. A lovely post.

    VastaaPoista
  20. A beautiful place full of memories

    VastaaPoista
  21. Interesante. Un beso.

    VastaaPoista

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