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Old Rauma

Old Rauma is an outstanding example of an old Nordic city constructed in wood. Rauma is a harbour town on the west coast of Finland on the Gulf of Bothnia. Old Rauma is the wooden city centre of the Rauma. The houses of Old Rauma were built without nails but joined by notching and reinforced with wooden spikes, just like the Petäjävesi Old Church. The wooden houses of Old Rauma were built in the 18th and 19th century around the Church of the Holy Cross. The church was part of a monastery, the 15th century Church of the Holy Cross is the only remaining part of this monastery. The church is adorned with impressive medieval wall paintings. The tower was used as a maritime signpost. Most of the houses of Old Rauma are private homes. Some of the houses are museums, such as the house of a seafarer, the Kirsti House from the 18th and 19th centuries, and the 18th century Marela House, the house of a shipowner. The Old Townhall was built in 1776, today the building houses the Rauma Museum. Old Rauma is located about 18 km west of the UNESCO World Heritage Sammallahdenmäki. Old Rauma gained the status as an UNESCO World Heritage in 1991.

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Old Rauma - Old Rauma is a typical Scandinavian wooden town. Rauma was founded in 1442, it is the third oldest town in Finland. The historic wooden houses of...

Old Rauma is a typical Scandinavian wooden town. Rauma was founded in 1442, it is the third oldest town in Finland. The historic wooden houses of Old Rauma were built in the 18th and 19th centuries around the 15th century Church of the Holy Cross. The wooden houses of Old Rauma were built without nails but joined by notching and reinforced with wooden spikes. Old Rauma was declared an UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1991.

  1. Old Rauma - Old Rauma is a typical Scandinavian wooden town. Rauma was founded in 1442, it is the third oldest town in Finland. The historic wooden houses of...

    Old Rauma is a typical Scandinavian wooden town. Rauma was founded in 1442, it is the third oldest town in Finland. The historic wooden houses of Old Rauma were built in the 18th and 19th centuries around the 15th century Church of the Holy Cross. The wooden houses of Old Rauma were built without nails but joined by notching and reinforced with wooden spikes. Old Rauma was declared an UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1991.

  2. Old Rauma - Old Rauma: The Baltic Biennale, a work of art near the fieldstone Church of the Holy Cross. The grey granite church stands on the bank...

    Old Rauma: The Baltic Biennale, a work of art near the fieldstone Church of the Holy Cross. The grey granite church stands on the bank of the small stream Raumanjoki, the Rauma River. The Church of the Holy Cross was built in the 15th century. The bell tower was built in 1816. Old Rauma was once one of the largest harbour cities in Finland. The steeple of the church served as a landmark for seafarers. 

  3. Old Rauma - Old Rauma: The Church of the Holy Cross is decorated with colourful medieval wall and vault paintings. The walls and vault of the...

    Old Rauma: The Church of the Holy Cross is decorated with colourful medieval wall and vault paintings. The walls and vault of the chancel are adorned with numerous fresco-secco murals depicting the biblical story of salvation. The murals were created in the period 1510-1522. The Church of the Holy Cross in Old Rauma is the main church of the Rauma parish.

  4. Old Rauma - Old Rauma: The interior of the stone Church of the Holy Cross is adorned with an overwhelming number of fresco-secco murals. The...

    Old Rauma: The interior of the stone Church of the Holy Cross is adorned with an overwhelming number of fresco-secco murals. The church was built as the monastery church of the Rauma Franciscan Friary, the 15th century Church of the Holy Cross is the only remaining part of this monastery. Old Rauma was built around this monastery. 

  5. Old Rauma - Walking around Old Rauma is like stepping centuries back in time, the narrow meandering cobbled streets, the wooden garden gates and wooden fences...

    Walking around Old Rauma is like stepping centuries back in time, the narrow meandering cobbled streets, the wooden garden gates and wooden fences bordering the gardens, are still preserved. Old Rauma is a fine example of an old Nordic city constructed in wood. Some of the houses are museums, such as the house of a seafarer, the Kirsti House from the 18th and 19th centuries, and the 18th century Marela House, the house of a shipowner. 

  6. Old Rauma - Old Rauma: The most narrow alley in Finland is called Kitukränn. Old Rauma is also known for its long tradition in bobbin lace making. Lace...

    Old Rauma: The most narrow alley in Finland is called Kitukränn. Old Rauma is also known for its long tradition in bobbin lace making. Lace making in Rauma goes back to the 1740s. The Lace Week is an annual event in Rauma. Old Rauma is the wooden city centre of Rauma, one of the oldest harbour towns of Finland, situated on the Gulf of Bothnia. Old Rauma was declared an UNESCO World Heritage in 1991.

  7. Old Rauma - Old Rauma is the historic wooden city centre of Rauma, a town in Finland. The wooden town was completely destroyed by a fire in...

    Old Rauma is the historic wooden city centre of Rauma, a town in Finland. The wooden town was completely destroyed by a fire in 1640, it was rebuilt immediately but burned down again in 1682. The present wooden houses of Old Rauma dates back to the 18th and 19th centuries. Old Rauma consist of some six hundred wooden houses painted in traditional pastel colours.

  8. Old Rauma - Old Rauma: A 300-year-old garden gate, the oldest wooden gate in the old wooden town. The medieval streets of Old Rauma are lined with colourful...

    Old Rauma: A 300-year-old garden gate, the oldest wooden gate in the old wooden town. The medieval streets of Old Rauma are lined with colourful wooden houses. Most of the wooden houses in Old Rauma are privately owned and inhabited. Old Rauma has about six hundred houses, most of them are not open to visitors. Some of the wooden houses are turned into museums, such as the Kirsti House and Marela House.

  9. Old Rauma - Old Rauma: A small pittoresque wooden house lining the Market Square. The Old Town Hall is also located on the Market Square. The Old Town...

    Old Rauma: A small pittoresque wooden house lining the Market Square. The Old Town Hall is also located on the Market Square. The Old Town Hall was built in 1776. Nowadays, the building houses the Rauma Museum. Old Rauma is situated about 255 km north-west of Helsinki. Old Rauma is an UNESCO World Heritage Site where people live and work.

  10. Old Rauma - A corner-joint construction of a wooden house in Old Rauma. All of the 18th and 19th century wooden houses of Old Rauma were built without nails...

    A corner-joint construction of a wooden house in Old Rauma. All of the 18th and 19th century wooden houses of Old Rauma were built without nails but joined by notching and reinforced with wood spikes, just like most of the old wooden houses in Finland. Most of the buildings in Old Rauma has retained their Neo-Renaissance style exterior.