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A Little Bit Of History

I haven’t seen much of Finland yet but this has to change. Since I am currently doing a placement at the National Board of Antiquities and visited an excavation in Vantaa, I wanted to come back on a sunny day and have a closer look around.

2women2cats: St. Lawrence Church, Vantaa, Finland

The Lutheran church of St. Lawrence is a medieval stone church (built in 1460). Before there used to be an earlier church building made from wood. Of course it has gotten under many changes during the time. It used to have smaller windows for example and the outer walls were whitewashed. Inside, the walls used to be covered with paintings and were whitewashed after the Reformation. After a fire in 1893 parts of the white paint burned away and the old paintings showed through. Fortunately copies could be made. The fire also damaged part of the stone structure while altarpieces could be saved. The church and the bell tower were rebuilt afterwards. Not all wooden sculptures made it through the fire. Four out of eight remained.  A statue of Job made in Lübeck, Germany can be seen in the National Museum in Helsinki. *

*The church of St. Lawrence, Vantaan Seurakunnat, Kari Autero 2009

2women2cats: Vantaa, Finland

You should also have a look at the cemetery. It’s especially pretty in spring when the cherry trees are blooming.

2women2cats: St. Lawrence Church, Vantaa, Finland

Right in the front of the church is a really nice café that offers freshly baked cookies and sweet buns. There is lots of space inside but if the weather is nice you should enjoy your coffee outside and enjoy the view.

2women2cats: Café at St. Lawrence Church, Vantaa, Finland

2women2cats: Café at St. Lawrence Church, Vantaa, Finland

2women2cats: Café at St. Lawrence Church, Vantaa, Finland

If you walk around in town a bit you will come across lots of nice wooden houses. Some of them are new, some of them are old but every new house that is being built has to match the appearance of the town.

2women2cats: Vantaa, Finland

2women2cats: Vantaa, Finland

2women2cats: Vantaa, Finland

Afterwards we decided also to pay the tuomiokirkko (cathedral) of Espoo a visit.

2women2cats: Cathedral in Espoo, Finland

2women2cats: Cathedral in Espoo, Finland

This stone church was also built in the 15th century but only became a cathedral in 2004.

2women2cats: Cathedral in Espoo, Finland

2women2cats: Cathedral in Espoo, Finland

Like in Vantaa the wall painting were covered up in the 18th century but uncovered during renovations later. They show biblical seens as well as scenes from daily life. *

*http://www.espoonseurakunnat.fi/web/asiointi/espoon-tuomiokirkko/historia

2women2cats: Cathedral in Espoo, Finland

2women2cats: Cathedral in Espoo, Finland

So if you are in Helsinki it’s definitely worth it to leave the city for a few hours and have a look around the country side.

Stef

2women2cats: Espoo, Finland

2women2cats: St. Lawrence church Vantaa, Finland

 

 

Mushroom Time

Yes, we like to pick mushrooms. It’s a great feeling to walk through the forest (if it’s not raining cats and dogs) with a little basket and to stumble upon some tasty little mushrooms. Ooh the victory when the basket gets fuller! (You sometimes have to appreciate the small things, right?)

Finnish Forest
Winter chanterelle

Helsinki might be the capital city but it’s really green. There is a big Central Park where you can find mushrooms and pick blue- and lingonberries. Unfortunately it’s really busy. A lot of people take their dogs for a walk in there and go jogging or horse back riding. Better mushrooms and less traffic we found in a more secluded forest in Espoo.

Finnish Forest

In the summertime you can find lots of chanterelles. When the weather is turning colder it’s time for “tatti” (engl. bolete, germ. Marone/Röhrling) and “hapero” (engl. russula, germ. Täubling) and “känsätuhkelo”(engl. common puffball, germ. Flaschenstäubling). There are a lot more mushrooms to pick but my most favourite ones are “suppilovahvero” (engl. winter chantarelle, germ. Trompetenpfifferling) and “vaaleaorakas” (engl. hedgehog mushroom, germ. Semmel-Stoppelpilz).

So, for us this is a perfect way to spend boring sundays possibly until Christmas since the winter chanterelles can even be found peeking through the snow.

Awesome on Flammkuchen or with pasta!

Stef

Winter chanterelles