Orivesi Walking down the main street School of Rovastikangas fifth grade
The town of Orivesi is 200 km from the capital Helsinki. It’s 40 km to Finland’s second largest town Tampere. Orivesi has almost 10,000 inhabitants.
Do you dare to swim in a Finnish lake in autumn? Well, not many Finns dare do it either.
<ul><li>We start our sightseeing tour at the Kirkkolahti, the Church Bay, close to a park. It’s a popular and peaceful place in the summer. </li></ul>
The Lutheran Church of Orivesi <ul><li>The Church of Orivesi has two parts. The old Bell Tower, dating from 1780 and made of wood and a new church building (1961) made of bricks and in modern style. </li></ul>
The roof of the Bell Tower is made of wooden shingles. It’s a very special traditional art to make them.
<ul><li>The bell tower was the only part that didn’t burn down in a case of arson in 1958. </li></ul>
The modern church is white and beautifully curved.
Not far from the church is the congregation building for all kinds of church activities. It was built in 1970.
Virastotalo <ul><li>The next place we’ll visit is right in the middle of Main Street. The Virastotalo, Bureau for state affairs. The Police Station, the Tax Office, the Court of Justice and Social Services. </li></ul><ul><li>Some people call it the most beautiful office building in all of Finland. It was built in 1992 </li></ul>
It’s also a place for exhibitions of modern art
Kenkälintu <ul><li>Kenkälintu means The Shoebird. It’s a piece of art in the centre of Orivesi, next to the Municipal Building. It was made by Aimo Tukiainen, a famous Finnish sculptor who also made the statue of Marshal Mannerheim on a horse to be seen in the centre of the capital Helsinki. The artist lived in Orivesi. </li></ul><ul><li>The Shoebird was made in 1978. It symbolizes that in the past the industry of Orivesi was shoemaking. The bird looks like a swan. Swans visit Orivesi in spring and autumn. But when you come closer you’ll find all kinds of shoemaker tools and products. </li></ul>
Some people live right in the centre of Orivesi in quite new apartments. The highest blocks of flats are five floors high. Finns often have glass around the balcony to make summer a little longer.
This is an important place in summer. We loooove ice cream! Ice Cream = Jäätelöä
Orivarsa <ul><li>The ‘ori’ part in the name ‘Orivesi’ means stallion, a male horse. </li></ul><ul><li>A male foal is called a colt in English. In Finnish it is orivarsa. </li></ul><ul><li>All people in Orivesi love the Orivarsa in the centre of Orivesi. </li></ul><ul><li>The Orivarsa was made in 1990 by Aimo Tukiainen. </li></ul>
Suoja <ul><li>Suoja means ’shelter’. </li></ul><ul><li>Orivesi Suoja is a wooden building. </li></ul><ul><li>It functions as a theatre. </li></ul><ul><li>Behind the building is the sports field. </li></ul><ul><li>Next to the building is a war memorial, commemorating soldiers who left from Orivesi to fight in three wars: </li></ul><ul><li>Winter War (1939-1940), </li></ul><ul><li>Continuation War (1941-1944) and </li></ul><ul><li>Lapland War (1944-1945) </li></ul>
On the way to the Sport Hall <ul><li>From the sport field to the sport hall you can walk through a small park. It’s nice and quiet. </li></ul><ul><li>There is a romantic wooden white bridge </li></ul><ul><li>There is a beautiful fountain in summer </li></ul>
Liikuntahalli <ul><li>The Orivesi Sport Hall is a beautiful modern building </li></ul>
Outdoor Museum <ul><li>Orivesi has an outdoor museum on a hill, just outside the centre. </li></ul><ul><li>There are old wooden buildings and an old windmill. It’s a nice place for a picnic on a sunny day. There’s a beautiful view of the surroundings. </li></ul><ul><li>Every year with Christmas a gnome festival is held here. All the buildings are open and in every house there’s some activity. In the largest ones you can eat Christmas porridge. </li></ul><ul><li>Father Christmas visits in one of the houses. </li></ul>
A squirrel in a tree in the centre of the town
<ul><li>Now we almost have reached the end of our tour. Only two places left: the Swimming Hall and the Orivesi College. They are next to each other. </li></ul><ul><li>The Swimming Hall was renovated only a short while ago. </li></ul><ul><li>At the Orivesi College you can take courses in Writing, Art, Music, Theatre, Foreign Languages, even making Cartoons. </li></ul><ul><li>The College has a campus for students. Also chance visitors can get accommodation there. </li></ul><ul><li>The park behind the College is splendid. </li></ul>
We hope you enjoyed the tour <ul><li>Your guides were: </li></ul><ul><li>Jesse Järvenpää, Eero Kallioniemi, Jesse Kankaanpää, Toni Karppelin, Katariina Kemppainen, Reetta Koho, Matias Lahtinen, Julia Laine, Suvi Markkinen, Ronja Nevala, Jari Ojala, Suvi Palonen, Emilia Putkisaari, Inka Raitala, Samu Ruokostenpohja, Minttu Saari, Eero Santahuhta, Heidi Strengell, Ella Suhonen, Jutta Syväkuru, Samuli Tuomola </li></ul>