Self-guided Sightseeing Tour #3 in Turku, Finland


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Number of sights 29 sights
Distance 8.4 km
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Experience Turku in Finland in a whole new way with our self-guided sightseeing tour. This site not only offers you practical information and insider tips, but also a rich variety of activities and sights you shouldn't miss. Whether you love art and culture, want to explore historical sites or simply want to experience the vibrant atmosphere of a lively city - you'll find everything you need for your personal adventure here.

Activities in TurkuIndividual Sights in Turku

Sight 1: Kissa-Kallu

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Kissa-KalluSimo Helenius (veistos), Kotivalo (valokuva) / CC-BY-SA-4.0

Kissa-Kallu is a sculpture unveiled in 1989 in a small park at the intersection of Hämeentie and Vanha Hämeentie in Turku. The red granite sculpture by Simo Helenius depicts a man with a sack on his back and a milk jug in his hand, bent over a cat squirming at his feet.

Wikipedia: Kissa-Kallu (FI), Website

597 meters / 7 minutes

Sight 2: Merikotkat

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Sea Eagles or Eagles is a bronze sculpture by Jussi Mäntynen in front of the Turku School of Economics at Rehtorinpellontie 5. The sculpture was completed in 1954 and unveiled in 1968 by the City of Turku.

Wikipedia: Merikotkat (veistos) (FI), Website

392 meters / 5 minutes

Sight 3: Genius ohjaa nuoruutta

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Genius ohjaa nuoruutta Patsas: Kuvanveistäjä Wäinö Aaltonen. Valokuva: Käyttäjä:Htm / CC BY 3.0

Genius guides youth is a fountain sculpture designed by sculptor Wäinö Aaltonen and unveiled in 1961. It is located on Turku University Hill, the central square of the University of Turku.

Wikipedia: Genius ohjaa nuoruutta (FI)

122 meters / 1 minutes

Sight 4: Runeberg, Lönnrot, Snellman

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Runeberg, Lönnrot, Snellman is a monument designed by Harry Kivijärvi. It is located in front of the main building of the University of Turku on Turku University Hill. The monument depicts three great national men who began their studies at the Academy of Turku in 1822.

Wikipedia: Runeberg, Lönnrot, Snellman (FI)

321 meters / 4 minutes

Sight 5: Kissa-Alli

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Kissa-Alli Viljo Mäkinen (veistos), Kotivalo (valokuva) / CC-BY-SA-4.0

Kissa-Alli is a statue unveiled in 1977 by Viljo Mäkinen (1920–1985) at Hämeenkatu 6 in Turku.

Wikipedia: Kissa-Alli (FI), Website

372 meters / 4 minutes

Sight 6: Josef Julius Wecksell

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Josef Julius Wecksell Kuvan on ottanut Käyttäjä:Zache, Patsaan on tehnyt Yrjö Liipola (1881-1971). / CC-BY-SA-3.0

The statue of Josef Julius Wecksell is a monument statue made by sculptor Yrjö Liipola in Turku.

Wikipedia: Josef Julius Wecksellin patsas (FI), Website

262 meters / 3 minutes

Sight 7: Kustaa II Aadolf

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Kustaa II Aadolf patsas: ei tiedossa (alkuperäinen patsas: Bengt Erland Fogelberg), valokuva: Käyttäjä:AB / CC-BY-SA-4.0

The statue of Gustav II Adolf is a statue of Gustav II Adolf located in front of the Academy House in Turku. The statue was erected in 1992 on the initiative of the Turku Court of Appeal, founded by Gustav II Adolf and operating in the Academy House. The statue was modelled on a statue of Gustav II Adolf by Swedish sculptor Bengt Erland Fogelberg in Gothenburg. The statue in Gothenburg was unveiled in 1854.

Wikipedia: Kustaa II Aadolfin patsas (FI)

173 meters / 2 minutes

Sight 8: Pietari Brahe

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The Per Brahe statue is a monument of Per Brahe the Younger, the Governor-General of Finland and first chancellor of the Academy of Turku, located in Brahenpuisto in Turku, Finland. It was designed by Walter Runeberg and unveiled in 1888.

Wikipedia: Per Brahe statue (EN), Website

54 meters / 1 minutes

Sight 9: Brahenpuisto

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Brahenpuisto Park is located in Turku between the Cathedral and Porthaninpuisto. The park is named after Peter Brahe. Brahenpuisto Park covers an area of 7,200 square metres.

Wikipedia: Brahenpuisto (FI)

150 meters / 2 minutes

Sight 10: Henrik Gabriel Porthan

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The statue of Henrik Gabriel Porthan was unveiled on 9 September 1864 by Carl Eneas Sjöstrand. It is located in Turku's Porthaninpuisto park. The statue of H. G. Porthan is the oldest personal monument in Finland.

Wikipedia: Henrik Gabriel Porthanin patsas (FI), Website

16 meters / 0 minutes

Sight 11: Porthaninpuisto

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PorthaninpuistoOnsilla / Wikimedia Commons / CC BY 4.0

Porthaninpuisto Park is located in the centre of Turku between the Old Great Square and Brahenpuisto Park. It is named after Henrik Gabriel Porthan and houses a statue of Porthani. The park covers an area of 7,100 square meters.

Wikipedia: Porthaninpuisto (FI)

214 meters / 3 minutes

Sight 12: Elephant Square

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Norsuaukio is sculptor Hanna Vihriälä's solid granite sculpture standing in front of the Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova Art Museum in Turku. The work was commissioned by the Matti Koivurinta Foundation to celebrate the year of Turku's Capital of Culture and the 80th birthday of the museum's founder, Matti Koivurinna, and it was unveiled in September 2011.

Wikipedia: Elephant Square - Norsuaukio (FI)

144 meters / 2 minutes

Sight 13: Kirjastosilta

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Kirjastosilta Markus Rantala (Makele-90) / CC BY-SA 3.0

The Library Bridge is a pedestrian and cycling bridge in Turku designed by Pontek Oy. Located at the city centre, the bridge crosses the Aura River connecting the streets Kauppiaskatu and Rettiginrinne. The bridge was opened for traffic in 2013, and it was named as the result of a public naming contest. The Turku Main Library is located near the bridge.

Wikipedia: Library Bridge (EN)

227 meters / 3 minutes

Sight 14: Ikaros

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Ikaros is Laila Pullinen's first sculpture placed in a public space in Turku. The work was completed already in 2003 and was first exhibited at the Wäinö Aaltonen Museum. It was moved to its current location in front of Turku City Hall in 2012 to celebrate the 200th anniversary of City Hall.

Wikipedia: Ikaros (veistos) (FI), Website

381 meters / 5 minutes

Sight 15: Suihkukaivo Leijona

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G. A. Petrelius Fountain or Fountain Leijona is a fountain located in front of the old main library in Vähätori, Turku. The fountain, designed by Gunnar Finne and Armas Lindgren, was erected and donated to the City of Turku by Gustav Albert Petrelius' donation fund in 1924.

Wikipedia: G. A. Petreliuksen suihkukaivo (FI), Website

15 meters / 0 minutes

Sight 16: Kertosäe

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The chorus is a 14-metre artwork made of weatherproof corten steel by Saara Ekström on the edge of Vähätori Square in Turku. The art fence was commissioned to demarcate Vähätori from the busy Linnankatu street, and the fence runs parallel to Linnankatu, flanking the seating area created in front of the old main library. The work features symmetrically positioned rose ornamentation. Plant and flower motifs are recurring themes in Ekström's works. The chorus represents some kind of continuation of the vine theme of the G. A. Petrelius fountain next door.

Wikipedia: Kertosäe (taideteos) (FI)

411 meters / 5 minutes

Sight 17: Lönnrotinpuisto

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Lönnrotinpuisto is one of Turku's parks. The almost triangular park is located in the city centre between Aninkaistenkatu, Eerikinkatu and Aurajoki. The park is named after Elias Lönnrot and covers an area of 4,300 square metres.

Wikipedia: Lönnrotinpuisto (FI)

439 meters / 5 minutes

Sight 18: When Friendships are Made

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When Friendships are Made

Kun ystävyyssuhteet solmitaan (Finnish) or När vänskapsbanden knytes is a sculpture erected by Wäinö Aaltonen, located in the Puutori market square in Turku, Finland. It symbolises the twin town partnership of Turku and Gothenburg. There are two sculptures, the original in Gothenburg and its duplicate at Aninkaistenkatu 12 in Turku.

Wikipedia: Kun ystävyyssuhteet solmitaan (EN), Website

139 meters / 2 minutes

Sight 19: Elämän puu

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The Tree of Life (1960) is a 15-metre light artwork designed for the wall of the Maariankatu branch of Turun Seudun Osuuspankki. Artist Kalevi Manninen's artwork is also known among Turku residents as a light pine tree and a money tree. Its second official name is From seed the tree grows. The work was updated to be more ecological during the façade renovation of the property, now it is illuminated by LED lights.

Wikipedia: Elämän puu (valotaideteos) (FI)

673 meters / 8 minutes

Sight 20: Onnenhevonen

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Onnenhevonen Valokuva: Kimmo Virtanen (Zache), veistos: Rafael Saifulin / CC BY 4.0

The Lucky Horse is a sculpture designed by Rafael Saifulin and completed in 2005 and located on Yliopistonkatu in the centre of Turku. The surface of the bronze sculpture is decorated with coins, medals and decorations of different countries.

Wikipedia: Onnenhevonen (FI)

112 meters / 1 minutes

Sight 21: Lapset

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Children is a bronze sculpture by artist Anja Aho on Yliopistonkatu in Turku. The work is located in the Kasinonkulma square next to the fountain. The sculpture is historic in itself, as it is the first outdoor sculpture created by a female artist from the City of Turku. It was unveiled in 1959.

Wikipedia: Lapset (Anja Ahon veistos) (FI), Website

180 meters / 2 minutes

Sight 22: Turun vapaaseurakunta

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Turun vapaaseurakunta / fair use

Hope Church is a free church operating in Turku. The parish operates in the centre of Turku, on Tuureporinkatu and was founded in 1889. The leading pastor of the church is Jopi Pietiläinen. The congregation has about 500 members.

Wikipedia: Hopeseurakunta (FI), Website

366 meters / 4 minutes

Sight 23: St. Bridget and Blessed Hemming Church

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St. Bridget and Blessed Hemming Church is a parish of the Roman Catholic Church in Turku, Finland. The church building, completed in 1966, is located in the center of Turku in Ursininkatu. It was consecrated in honor of St. Bridget of Sweden and bishop Hemming of Turku.

Wikipedia: St. Bridget and Blessed Hemming Church (EN)

426 meters / 5 minutes

Sight 24: Suomen Marsalkka C. G. E. Mannerheim

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Suomen Marsalkka C. G. E. Mannerheim Veikko Leppänen, kuva: Abc10 / tekijänoikeuslain 25 §

The Mannerheim statue in Turku is a bronze bust sculpture designed by sculptor Veikko Leppänen and architect Aarne Ehojoki, depicting C. G. E. Mannerheim. It is located in Mannerheiminpuisto, VII district. The official title of the work is Memorial to Marshal C. G. E. Mannerheim.

Wikipedia: Mannerheimin patsas (Turku) (FI), Website

210 meters / 3 minutes

Sight 25: Mikaelinkirkko

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Michael's Church is a church situated in central Turku. It is named after Archangel Michael and was finished in 1905. It dominates the western skyline of the city of Turku. It was designed by Professor Lars Sonck and is one of the most popular wedding churches in Turku, being able to seat 1,800 people. When Sonck won the competition for the church in 1894, he was only a 23-year-old architectural student. Michael's Church is older than Michael's parish. The parish only dates back to 1921.

Wikipedia: St Michael's Church, Turku (EN)

412 meters / 5 minutes

Sight 26: Portsan pojat

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Portsan pojat Viljo Mäkinen (veistos), Kotivalo (valokuva) / CC-BY-SA-4.0

Portan pojat is a bronze sculpture by Viljo Mäkinen in the VIII district of Turku, or "Porsta", at Puutarhakatu 34.

Wikipedia: Portsan pojat (FI), Website

1024 meters / 12 minutes

Sight 27: Poika ja meri

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The Boy and the Sea is a bronze statue made by sculptor Simo Helenius. It is located in As. Oy Auranranta courtyard in Turku at Linnankatu 34. The statue was unveiled in 2005.

Wikipedia: Poika ja meri (FI)

136 meters / 2 minutes

Sight 28: Pilvet

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Pilvet Mika Natri (veistos), Kotivalo (valokuva) / CC-BY-SA-4.0

Pilvit is a three-part steel sculpture by visual artist Mika Natri in Turku on the banks of the Aura River, at the intersection of Ursininkatu and Läntinen Rantakatu.

Wikipedia: Pilvet (veistos) (FI)

474 meters / 6 minutes

Sight 29: Jalkaväenkenraali Adolf Ehrnroothin muistomerkki

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Jalkaväenkenraali Adolf Ehrnroothin muistomerkki veistos Herman Joutsen, valokuva Kotivalo / tekijänoikeuslain 25 §

Infantry General Adolf Ehrnrooth's Monument is a work by sculptor Herman Joutsenen. This is a bronze relief attached to the red granite stone. Relief's topic is Ehrnrooth to review his regiment JR 7 on June 4, 1944. The work depicts a real event, and only a few days later, a major attack on the Karelian Isthmus took place.

Wikipedia: Jalkaväenkenraali Adolf Ehrnroothin muistomerkki (FI), Website


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