History and the present day converge in the main attractions
The loss of Vyborg to Russia made Lappeenranta, which was established in
1649, Sweden's easternmost city. The border city fortress work was
initiated by the Swedes in 1721. After the Treaty of Åbo was signed in
1743, the town remained on the Russian side. The oldest buildings derive
from the end of the 18th century.
These days the fortress is a vibrant cultural city quarter whose ramparts also conceal residential buildings. You can
tour the fortress museums, visit the handicraft boutiques, and stop at
cafés and restaurants. Markets are arranged in the area as well as
events all year round, and in the summer entertainment is also provided
by the Summer Theatre. You can also get familiar with the fortress by
riding the street train.
Empress Catherine II of Russia and her entourage came to admire the magnificent waters of Imatrankoski Rapids in 1772, and a hundred years later the rapids could only be crossed in a basket hanging from a wire. A bridge crossing the rapids was completed in 1892, and by the first decade of the 20th century it was already Finland's most popular tourist attraction, where artists and others arrived to seek inspiration. The free-flowing Imatrankoski rapids were finally harnessed in 1929 n order to generate hydropower.
Design by Alvar Aalto Church of the Three Crosses (Kolmen Ristin kirkko) is a Lutheran church designed by the Finnish Alvar Aalto and completed in 1958. It is said to be Aalto's most original church design. The church gets its name from the three crosses at the altar. The church was listed as a significant example of modern architecture in Finland and as a nationally significant built heritage site. This great sight is definitely worth a visit for culture lovers and other alike!
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