"Ruttopuisto - The Pest Park" Helsinki Off The Beaten Path Tip by illumina
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1710 was the great year of plague in Helsinki. ABout half the population of the city died, not to mention refugees and soldiers who had fled from the Baltic countries. The place where they were buried was at that point outside of the city as Helsinki was so small then, but became part of the city centre after Helsinki became the capital of Finland. It is now a lovely park.
Monuments in the park commemorate some of the soldiers buried here, and there is the famous statue of Finnish activist and children's writer Elias L?nnrot, the man who compiled the national epic Kalevala.
The most important feature of the park is the Neo-Classical Old Church, the oldest existing church in Helsinki, designed by C.L. Engel and completed in 1826. In addition to the Old Church, in 1828 Engel designed a stone gate for the park's main entrance. The gate is inscribed with some memorial words for the plague victims buried in the area.
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