Self-guided Sightseeing Tour #5 in Turku, Finland


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Number of sights 16 sights
Distance 5.8 km
Ascend 0 m
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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: Iso-Heikkilä Observatory

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Iso-Heikkilä Observatory is an amateur astronomical observatory used by a local amateur astronomical association, Turun Ursa ry in the Iso-Heikkilä district of Turku, Finland.

Wikipedia: Iso-Heikkilä Observatory (EN), Website

1514 meters / 18 minutes

Sight 2: 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 3: 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)

459 meters / 6 minutes

Sight 4: Turun Kotikirkko

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Turku Home Church is a Pentecostal church in Turku. The church was started in 1996, when it was part of the Turku Pentecostal Church. In 1999, the parish became independent as its own parish. The church differs from traditional congregations in its operating culture, for example, when worship music varies from heavy rock to acoustic music. The congregation has about 90 members and its membership consists mainly of youth and young adults. The activities of the congregation include worship services, cells for men and women, and prayer evenings. The church has also published the magazine Brazen Bleaching.

Wikipedia: Turun Kotikirkko (FI), Website

387 meters / 5 minutes

Sight 5: 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)

366 meters / 4 minutes

Sight 6: 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

180 meters / 2 minutes

Sight 7: 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

112 meters / 1 minutes

Sight 8: 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)

451 meters / 5 minutes

Sight 9: Puolalanpuisto

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Puolalanmäki is a hill in the centre of Turku, on the border of the VI and VII districts. It is one of Turku's seven hills and its height is 35.2 metres above sea level. On top of the hill is the Turku Art Museum, which is surrounded by Puolalanpuisto. The hill takes its name from the village of Puolala, which was annexed to Turku from Maaria in the 1600s. Together with the Turku Art Museum, Puolalanmäki is one of the nationally significant built cultural environments defined by the Finnish Heritage Agency.

Wikipedia: Puolalanmäki (FI)

407 meters / 5 minutes

Sight 10: Church of the Holy Martyr Empress Alexandra

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Turku Orthodox Church or the Church of the Holy Martyr Empress Alexandra is the main church of the Turku Orthodox parish located at the northwest corner of the Turku Market Square along the Yliopistonkatu street in Turku, Finland. The church was built under plans drafted by architect Carl Ludvig Engel and was ordered by Nicholas I of Russia on 5 January 1838. Construction, which began in 1839, cost 67,886 rubles and was completed in 1845. The church was consecrated on 2 September 1845. The church was dedicated to Alexandra, the spouse of Diocletian who had publicly become Christianised and suffered a martyr's death on 23 April 303. The choice of patron saint may have been due to Nicholas I's wife's name, Aleksandra Feodorovna.

Wikipedia: Turku Orthodox Church (EN)

695 meters / 8 minutes

Sight 11: 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)

310 meters / 4 minutes

Sight 12: Ylös pyhään pyörryttävään korkeuteen

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Ylös pyhään pyörryttävään korkeuteen Kuvan on ottanut Käyttäjä:Zache, veistoksen on tehnyt Jussi Mäntynen / CC-BY-SA-3.0

Up to the sacred dizzying height is a sculpture designed by Jussi Mäntynen and located in Turku Cathedral Park. Its subject is a pair of swans soaring up. The sculpture is made of bronze, has a height of 1.25 meters, has a red granite pedestal height of 1.3 meters and was unveiled in August 1970. A total of three lights have been made of the sculpture.

Wikipedia: Ylös pyhään pyörryttävään korkeuteen (FI), Website

3 meters / 0 minutes

Sight 13: Tuomiokirkonpuisto

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Tuomiokirkonpuisto Ninara / CC BY 2.0

Tuomiokirkonpuisto is one of Turku's parks. It is located in the city centre between the Cathedral and the Aura River. The size of the park is 7,100 m2 and it belongs to the city's representative parks.

Wikipedia: Tuomiokirkonpuisto (Turku) (FI)

166 meters / 2 minutes

Sight 14: Turku Cathedral

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Turku Cathedral Markus Koljonen (Dilaudid) / CC BY-SA 3.0

Turku Cathedral is the only medieval basilica in Finland and the Mother Church of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland. It is the central church of the Lutheran Archdiocese of Turku and the seat of the Lutheran Archbishop of Finland, Tapio Luoma. It is also regarded as one of the major records of Finnish architectural history.

Wikipedia: Turku Cathedral (EN), Website

162 meters / 2 minutes

Sight 15: 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

372 meters / 4 minutes

Sight 16: 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


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