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A cozy Finnish town, small but loved by tourists. There are especially many Russians here, the city is only 60 km from the border with Russia. Lappeenranta dates back to the 17th century. Its most important historical site is a defensive fortress, founded by the founders of the city - the Swedes at the beginning of the XVIII century. Today it has been restored and turned into a popular tourist attraction.

On its territory there are museums, ancient temples, craft workshops. And from the ramparts opens a panorama of the picturesque Lake Saimaa - the largest in the country. Built in the XIX century, the Saimaa Canal is an important waterway connecting the lake with the Gulf of Finland. Boat cruises, as well as yachting and kayaking on the lake and canal, are popular.

What to see and where to go in Lappeenranta?

The most interesting and beautiful places for walking. Photos and a brief description.

1. Lappeenranta Fortress

The construction of a powerful defensive structure began by the Swedes in 1721. As a result of military battles with Russia, most of the buildings were destroyed, and subsequently they were rebuilt and expanded by the Russian military under the leadership of A. Suvorov. Currently, all the fortifications have been restored. They host museums, workshops, art galleries, restaurants and souvenir shops. In summer, the territory of the fortress is circled by dragoons in full dress uniforms.

2. Saimaa Canal

The construction of a shipping route from Lake Saimaa through Vyborg to the Gulf of Finland was carried out in 1845-1856. Its length is 43 km, its width is 34-55 meters. The height difference between the canal and the Gulf of Finland is regulated by 8 locks, 5 of which are on the Russian side. Through the canal, 12 automobile and 2 railway bridges were built. During the war, the canal was destroyed, the opening of the restored highway took place in 1968. Water cruises to Vyborg and St. Petersburg are popular.

3. Church of the Protection of the Holy Virgin

Located in the fortress. It was built in 1744 as a garrison church at the expense of soldiers of the Vladimir Regiment. After 40 years, the wooden building was replaced by a stone. The Orthodox Church was often visited by the commander A. Suvorov, Russian emperors. An iconostasis with ancient icons and church utensils of the 18th century - crosses, silver vessels, and service books have survived to our days. The temple is operational, open for visits in the summer.

4. Church of Lappeenranta

Originally conceived as a garrison Orthodox Church for the Russian military. Construction work began in 1913. But after Finland gained independence, the church building became subordinate to the Lutheran community, was rebuilt and consecrated in 1924. Today it is the main temple of Lappeenranta. It is a massive red brick structure with five domes. Located in the city center, on a small hill known as Nikolaev Redoubt.

5. Church of the Virgin Mary

It is called the “Double Cross Church” because of its layout. It was built of wood in 1794. In the center of the building stands an octagonal tower with a weather vane. The interior is designed in calm gray-blue tones, the hall is designed for 870 parishioners. The main decoration is an old crystal chandelier made in St. Petersburg. There is an organ whose facade has been preserved since 1891. The four-story church bell tower was built 50 years later and is located at some distance from the main building.

6. Lauritsala Church

Located 4 km from the city center. The current Lutheran temple. It was built in 1969. It is a modernist building in the form of a triangular structure directed upward. This form symbolizes the Holy Trinity. The height of the church is 47 m, made of concrete and glass. The interior is decorated with wood, a boat hangs on the ceiling with the inscription "truth" in Finnish. Seating places in the hall are designed for 670 parishioners. There is a 31-register authority.

7. Old Town Hall

The wooden building was erected in 1829. Subsequently, it was repeatedly completed. It acquired its present form in 1891 - at the arrival of the Russian emperor, a music hall, a dining room, good American furniture and lamps appeared in the town hall. The ancient clock on the tower lasted until 1973 and was replaced by an electric one. The city administration was located in the building until 1983, since then its halls have been used for conferences and special occasions.

8. Museum of South Karelia

Located on the territory of the fortress, in the premises of the former artillery warehouses. It was created in 1963. The expositions are dedicated to the history and cultural traditions of Lappeenranta and the entire South Karelian region, including the cities of Vyborg and Priozersk. The pride of the museum is a large model of the pre-war Vyborg of 1939, covering an area of ​​24 m 2. For younger visitors, children's rooms are equipped. There is a gift shop. On the site in front of the museum two guns of 1877 are installed.

9. Art Museum

The collections of this museum contain numerous works of art by Finnish masters dating back to the 18th century. A special place is given to contemporary art forms of the southeastern part of Finland. The painting and graphics of young beginners are presented. There is an interesting collection of wooden sculptures. Expositions are updated several times a year. Field exhibitions are practiced. The museum opened in 1965 and is located on the territory of the fortress, in the premises of artillery barracks.

10. The house-museum of the merchant Ivan Volkov

Construction began in 1823. This is the oldest wooden building in the city. The merchant Volkov, a former serf from Yaroslavl, and his descendants lived here from 1872 to 1983. Subsequently, the house was donated to the city and 10 years later turned into a museum. Furniture and household items were preserved, and a number of rooms of the merchant's house were recreated - a bedroom, a nursery, a dining room, an office. Nearby is the Volkoff restaurant and a bakery where Russian bread is baked according to old recipes.

11. Cavalry Museum

Located in the guardhouse of the fortress, built in 1772. The exhibits of the museum are connected with the military events of 1618-1648, during which the Finnish cavalrymen, the hakkapeliits, who fought in the ranks of the Swedish army, became famous for the first time. Presented are military engravings and paintings, rare weapons, uniforms, harnesses and horse care items, and photographs. A separate exposition is dedicated to the Finnish Dragoon regiment, which was located on the territory of Lappeenranta in the 19th century.

12. Museum of the Saimaa Canal

Opened to visitors since 1995. The exhibitions are devoted to the history of the construction of an important transport route and the main stages of its development. Among the exhibits are models of ships and locks, tools and uniforms of employees, reconstruction of the chief's office, photographs and documents. In one of the halls there is a large-scale map with marked routes through which the channel is laid. The museum has a shop and a cafe. Water cruises are offered.

13. Aviation Museum of Karelia

The opening took place in 2000. The expositions are located in two hangars and on the open area of ​​the Lappeenranta airfield. Among the main exhibits are helicopters and 9 aircraft manufactured by the USSR, Sweden, France, and Great Britain. Also presented are the wreckage of downed planes preserved from World War II, costumes of pilots, personal belongings, documents and photographs. The museum receives visitors only in the summer. There is a small gift shop.

14. Monument to the Saimaa seal

The endemic inhabitant of Lake Saimaa was awarded a monument in his honor on the pedestrian street Kauppakatu in the city center. The sculptor M. Pääläinen depicted a seal, resting in the sun on a stone pedestal, surrounded by a small reservoir. The monument was erected in 1997. Finns are very careful about these animals - the endangered representatives of the ringed seal subspecies living in fresh water. Their number today is only 310 individuals.

15. Sand Sculpture Festival

Since 2004, every summer is spent on the lake embankment. Sculptors from different countries participate in the construction of the sand town. The theme of the festival is different every year - animals, fairy-tale and mythological heroes, movies and cartoons, music. At least 3 tons of sand is required to create masterpieces. All figures on top are covered with an aqueous solution with the addition of glue. Such a shell is able to protect them from rain and wind. You can admire sculptures throughout the summer.

Description and History of Lappeenranta

Lappeenranta, whose sights are mainly connected with historical events, begins its history not from the middle of the 17th century, but earlier. Based on archaeological data, it all starts with ancient people who built temporary dwellings in this area. Perhaps earlier it was the territory of the Sami tribes. They were replaced by sedentary residents.

And although their settlement could not be called a city, the future city owes its existence to this village. Until the end of the 13th century, this territory was the property of Veliky Novgorod, and only then it was conquered by Sweden.

The history of the city itself begins in 1649, when Queen Christina granted the status and emblem of the city to a small center for tar and pine tar trading. After that, during the conflict between the Russian Empire and Sweden, the territory constantly passed from hand to hand, one or the other, and in turn was now the border city of Russia, then guarded the borders of Sweden.

Since the mid-18th century, Lappeenranta finally became part of the Russian Empire and was included in the Vyborg province. In the 19th century, the city became a center of tourism, with resorts, where even the royal family came. This Lappeenranta owes the appearance of the long-awaited Saimaa Canal.

In the 20th century, lands were severely damaged immediately in 3 wars - the Civil War (1918), the Winter War (1939–1940, from the USSR) and in World War II. When the conflicts subsided and the city recovered, it became the engine of development for the entire region.

Interesting facts about Lappeenranta

There are several interesting facts about the city that partially explain its features:

  1. The emblem of the city is a savage with a club and a wreath on his head. Presumably, he owes his existence to Peter Brahe, the Swedish administrator. Nevertheless, his image is so popular that it can be found on most souvenirs.
  2. Before the formation of the city in 1649, Queen Christina of Sweden, in these places there were settlements from the end of the Iron Age.
  3. On the shore of Lake Saimaa, a sand fortress and figures on various topics are built annually.
  4. Lutheran church, one of the main attractions, was originally built as a Christian church. It became Lutheran only in 1925.
  5. In the 19th century the Russian garrison was located in the city. And now, the Soviet T-34 reminds of historical ties with Russia.

All this indicates not only specific traditions, but also that Lappeenranta’s connection with Sweden and Russia is no less than with Finland, which the city belongs to now.

Top 10 most interesting sights of Lappeenranta

Among all the objects that you should look at when visiting, you can distinguish the top ten:

    Sand Castle on Lake Saimaa. It is especially interesting that in the temporary chapel of this unusual structure, you can baptize children and register marriages.

Lappeenranta's main attraction is the sand castle

  • Lappeenranta Fortress, which was restored and remade until the middle of the 20th century. Now on its territory is a city history museum and a summer theater.
  • Sky light. If you do not notice the cross, it is extremely difficult to understand that this is a church building. The foundation was built as an equilateral triangle (as a reference to the Holy Trinity), part of the roof is made of glass, and there are high windows in the wall behind the altar. Therefore, the temple, even on short winter days, is filled with natural light. In form, it looks more like a road rushing toward the sky, narrowing as it moves away from the earth, than a traditional church of any direction of Christianity.
  • Church of the Protection of the Holy Virgin stands out from a typical Scandinavian city in the architectural style of Russian temples of the 18th century. It is the oldest Orthodox church in Finland.
  • Art Museumwhere a collection of works by local artists is exhibited. It is noteworthy that it is going from the first third of the 20th century. In addition, there is an exposition of local folk products - ceramics, woven and knitted clothes, handmade wooden items.
  • Pontus Canal. In fact, these are only traces of the old canal, which was never completed in the 17th century. Why locals decided to name it in honor of the commander Pontus Delagardi, who had died long before the start of construction, remains a mystery.
  • Salpa Line - fortifications built in 1941 to defend themselves from the Soviet Union. In this zone of hostilities did not happen, but it is believed that in terms of the number of anti-tank barriers, ditches and trenches, as well as their quality, the fortification surpassed the Mannerheim Line.
  • Saimaa Canal. It was built in the 19th century, having finally realized the plans of the 16th century and connecting the lake with the Vyborg Bay.
  • Aeronautics museum. It was opened in 2000, and since then it regularly attracts the attention of aviation history lovers.
  • South Karelian Museum located in old stone buildings. On the tour you can get acquainted with the history of the whole region and the city of Lappeenranta.
  • Architectural objects and monuments Lappeenranta

    Among the buildings of the city there are those that are of particular interest to tourists:

    1. City Hall located at Raastuvankatu 7, 53100 Lappeenranta, Finland. Built in 1829 and remodeled in 1845, it is the oldest wooden town hall in Finland. Now the building is used as a hall for banquets and conferences.
    2. Belfry of the Church of the Virgin Mary located at: Kauppakatu, Lappeenranta. It was built in 1856, in the Neo-Gothic style. This is not an independent building, but part of the church ensemble, however, the chapel is the only building in the city, made in this style and remaining in its original form.
    3. Linnoytus Fortress located at: Kristinankatu, 53900 Lappeenrata. This is one of the most popular places for tourists is a 17th century fortification. Over the history of its existence, the fortress was both given to the needs of the garrison of the Russian Empire, and a prison, first female, then male, and then for all Finns who supported the communists (after the Civil War).

    Historic Monuments Lappeenranta

    Lappeenranta, whose sights are primarily connected with history, has many relevant monuments.

    Among them:

    1. Monument "Mother Karelia". The monument is dedicated to all victims of the wars of 1933-1945. It was erected in 1993 on the territory of a military cemetery in the central park of the city. Exact address: Kirkkokatu, Lappeenranta, Finland.
    2. Monument in honor of the female paramilitary organization "Lotta Svjard"which operated in 1921 - 1944, which helped the wounded, supplied the military with provisions and raised funds for the Finnish military corps. The sculpture depicts a woman in ordinary outer work clothes, with a duffel bag, standing as if waiting for transport. It is also located in a city park.
    3. Monument to Dragoon located in the old city park, built in 1982. Due to the fact that Lappeenranta is considered the “city of cavalrymen” and was the location of one of the dragoon regiments of Alexander III, a monument was decided to be erected. Park and Monument Address: Kristinankatu, Lappeenranta, Finland.
    4. Monument "Sorrow and faith in the future" also dedicated to war and appeared in 1951. On the one hand, parents are depicted mourning for their child, and on the other, a mother with children, which symbolizes the loss, but the hope that life will continue.The monument is located in the military cemetery, at the address: Kauppakatu, Lappeenranta, Finland.
    5. Monument to the Battle of Wilmanstrand 1741 was established in the 19th century, in 1818, in memory of the battle for the city (Wilmanstrand - the old name of Lappeenranta) during the war between Sweden and the Russian Empire. Located next to the Linnoytus fortress, at the address: Kristinankatu, Lappeenranta, Finland.

    Museums Lappeenranta

    The sights of the city, now located in Finland, are not limited to architecture, there are several museums in Lappeenranta, worth a visit:

    1. Karelian Museum of Aeronautics. Located at the address of the applicante, Lentokentanti, 37. You can contact by phone: +358 503-70-29-55. It works according to a specific mode - from July 31 to 22. 09, from Tuesday to Friday (from 12.00 to 18. 00), and the rest of the time the museum does not work. The most interesting exhibit is the life-size restored Nieuport-10 biplane from World War I. In addition, the wreckage of the Fokker C.X. FK-84, they were raised from Lake Syme. The rest of the exposition is fighters, helicopters, various parts of aircraft and other air equipment.
    2. Museum of South Karelia located at Lappeenranta, st. Kristinankatu, 15. It works in winter and summer. In the summer (from 6.06 to 28.08), Monday to Friday is open from 10.00 to 18.00, on weekends from 11.00 to 17.00. The rest of the year is Monday off, and from Tuesday to Sunday the museum is open from 11.00 to 18.00. The model of Vyborg depicting the city 02. 09. 1939 is considered to be the pearl of the collection. In addition, the museum constantly hosts various thematic exhibitions related, including contemporary art.
    3. House Museum of the merchant Volkov located at: Lappeenranta, Kauppakatu, 26. Opening hours from 5.05 to 20.08 are open all week, on weekends from 11.00 to 18.00, and on weekdays from 10.00 to 18.00. The rest of the time on weekends from 11.00 to 17.00, and on weekdays the museum is closed. The house museum accurately reproduces the view of the estate during the time of its owners. All details are preserved, from furniture to trinkets. Interestingly, a special place in the museum was given to Anna Volkova, who was a teacher at the local gymnasium and taught Russian and German. Her office, where additional classes were held or offsets were taken, was also kept exactly and full of books and photographs. Nearby there is a small antique shop, and in the outbuilding there is a restaurant with Russian cuisine.

    Due to the specific mode of operation of museums, if there is a desire to visit all of them, the trip should be planned so that it falls out on the period of time when everything is open.

    Temples and cathedrals Lappeenranta

    Among the attractions, a special place is occupied by local cathedrals.

    Basically, they are notable for their architectural style:

    1. Lappe Church. Lutheran temple, existing since 1794. In the 19th century it was updated in appearance, but then everything was returned to its original state. Church address: Lappeenranta, Valtakatu 35.
    2. Temple of Savitaypale. Built of granite in 1924. It was originally a wooden building, but it burned down during the war. Church Address: Lappeenranta, Peltoinladinte 32.
    3. Church of Suomenniemi built in the 60s of the 19th century from wood and is still preserved. Belongs to the architectural style of the Gothic revival. Temple address: Lappeenranta, Suomenniemi.
    4. Nuayamaa Church appeared only in 1948. It is noteworthy that it was built of wood, not of brick, despite the fact that it was already the middle of the 20th century. Church Address: Tassianti 9, Lappeenranta, Nuaimaa.
    5. Joutseno Temple It was built in 1921 and is designed for the arrival of 600 people. Accessible only in summer. Temple address: Penttilanti 1, Lappeenranta, Joutseno.

    To find out the opening hours of a church should be during the planning of the trip, in connection with possible changes in the schedule, including due to church holidays.

    Natural attractions of Lappeenranta

    Lappeenranta attractions are not only created by man, but also natural.

    Among them:

    1. Saimaa Lake - one of the largest European reservoirs. You can take a walk along the shore or on the water, on a boat.
    2. Saimaa Museum and Canal. They are located at Lappeenranta, Sulkuvartijankatu 16. You can contact and make inquiries by phone: +358 (020) 448-31-04. You can get there only from 9.06 to 17.08 from 12.00 to 18.00 daily, except 20 and 21.06. At all other times, the museum is closed. The museum is dedicated to the construction of the canal, its history. Tours are available in Russian, Finnish and English. There is a cafe near the museum, and you can take a boat ride on the canal.
    3. City Central Park - a green island in the middle of Lappeenranta. It is mainly remarkable for the fact that this is the only place suitable for ordinary walking in nature in the city and a military cemetery with unique monuments.

    For those who do not want to be limited to the city and are going to see the surroundings, there is also a Fishing Park and ski resorts. You can look at the specific local nature there.

    Modern objects to visit

    Lappeenranta, whose attractions are usually associated with history, attracts tourists and other objects:

    1. Nerpe Monument, living in Saimaa Lake, is considered a symbol of the city. A rare animal is facing extinction. But local residents annually celebrate a seal, and in 1997 a monument was unveiled. The property is located at: Kauppakatu / Valtakatu, Lappeenranta, Finland.
    2. Sculpture of flying cranes near the temple of the Virgin Mary, on Valtakatu street. Officially, it is not connected with any historical events, but during the “Winter War” there was a bomb shelter around this place, which was damaged by a shell.
    3. Spring Jump, a statue of a carefree galloping young bull, is located in the courtyard of the Voisalmi school.
    4. Abstract bronze composition "Migratory birds" - A symbol of lost calmness and readiness to fly away at any moment is near the city administration building.

    Lappeenranta Tours

    In addition to self-examination of the city, organized tours are possible.

    Shopping tour for 1 day (from St. Petersburg). Sightseeing tour (1 day) with a visit to the museum of South Karelia. (From St. Petersburg). Ride on a sightseeing train. In Lappeenranta with a Russian-speaking guide (local tour, booking through Saimaa Travel).
    Price from 750 r.Price - 1850 r per person.Price - children from € 2, adults from € 5. Family ticket for 2 adults and 2 children - € 10.Price - € 80 per hour
    Departure at 6.20 from the street. Rebellion. The program includes shopping in Lappeenranta (clothing, food, household goods), free time is provided for independent sightseeing. Departure from the city at 15.00, and at 22.00 the bus arrives in St. Petersburg.Departure at 6.30 from the station. m. Black River. After passing through customs, lunch is provided in the cafe. Then a sightseeing tour of Lappeenranta, a visit to the South Karelian Museum (permanent and temporary exhibitions). If time remains - 1 hour is given for an independent examination of the city, after - departure. Arrival in St. Petersburg at about 23.00.Departure from the Sand Castle. A trip around the city with an audio guide in different languages, including Russian, in the process it is proposed to catch Pokemon.The guide will guide you through all the sights, tell the facts from history and modernity. By agreement, thematic tours are possible.

    Most often, this city is offered specifically for shopping tours, suggesting that tourists in an organized manner will only go shopping.

    Top 5 places to relax with a child

    For those who come with children from 4 years old, there are 5 best places to visit:

    1. Fish farm with a mini zoo. The territory provides fishing with the ability to order a dish of caught fish, as well as a contact zoo. A visit without renting premises for events will cost, on average, € 19 per adult and child over 2 years old. In addition they pay € 2.5 fishing fee for each fish and € 5 for the key to the forest gate.
    2. Sand fortress and sand sculpture festival. Every year, in addition to adult programs and competitions of masters, children's contests are held and there are always attractions.
    3. HopLop Amusement Park. Adults and children under 1 year of age do not need to pay entry. Children from 1 year old to 18 years old need to pay a pass to the playground (from € 7.5 to € 12, depending on age). Having paid the pass, you can stay as long as you like and enjoy any attractions.
    4. Museum of South Karelia. Children under 18 can get free, an adult ticket costs € 9, a pension - € 8. This ticket is purchased at the entrance to the fortress, in the territory of which the museum is located, and is valid for all museums of the fortress. Children from 8 years and older will be interested, including an exhibition of folk crafts.
    5. Adventure Park "Adrenaline" Designed for outdoor activities. Obstacles, rope roads are supposed separately for children and for adults. Prices - for children from € 13 to € 19, depending on height and age, from 16 years and adults - € 24. A family ticket is available (1 adult, 2 children, or 2 adults, 1 child, or 2 adults, 2 children) from € 56 to € 77.

    For very young children, separate programs are not organized; they travel with their parents.

    Hiking route

    For those who want to walk around the city on their own and see as much as possible interesting, there is such a route:

    • the beginning is from Kauppakatu Street, the main one in the city, in addition to a large number of shops, there is a fountain with a monument to the seals living in the local lake and the Laura Gallery,
    • at the crossroads of Kauppakatu and Valtakatu Street there is another fountain, near the Church of the Virgin Mary, which is interesting by the sculptural group of cranes about to take off,
    • from the same street you can go into Central Park, look at the war cemetery and sculpture-monuments to those who fell in the numerous wars, Mother Karelia and Sorrow and Faith in the Future,
    • returning to the main street, it’s worth going towards the railway station to look at the cemetery and appreciate the old tombstones and grave monuments,
    • walking to the station (bus and train), you need to return to the city center along Suoninkatu street, go to Valtakatu street, where there are many remarkable buildings and the Pihatto gallery, interesting for those who are interested in art,
    • going to the main street, go to the Bank House,
    • staying in the city center, it remains to visit the City Hall and the House Museum of the merchant Volkov,
    • from there you should walk to Linnoytus Fortress, in addition to visiting the architectural monument itself, you can visit the church and 3 museums on the territory,
    • from the fortress you can only go down to Lake Saimaa and relax on the shore, if you are lucky, you can see the sand figures.

    Sights of the almost border town of Lappeenranta, it is better to watch in the season when there are more museums open. So the tourist will not miss anything interesting and get the maximum benefit from the trip.

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    Church of the Protection of the Holy Virgin

    The church in the Lappeenratna fortress is the main Orthodox church in South Karelia. It was built on the site of a pre-existing wooden church, where services were conducted for the Vladimir Infantry Regiment. After the signing of the peace treaty of 1743, the city of Wilmanstrand fell into the Russian Empire, and the number of Orthodox residents in it increased significantly. The authorities decided to build a new church. The old temple was dismantled and in 1785 a new one was consecrated - in honor of the Protection of the Most Holy Theotokos.
    The church is built in the style of classicism. The brick building on a granite foundation accommodated about 150 people. Subsequently, the premises were expanded, naves appeared on the sides, and columns were installed to support the vaulted ceiling.
    The main relic of the Church of the Intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary is the icon of the same name in the robe, painted in the 18th century. The remaining images of the large iconostasis belong to the brush of academician Nikanor Tyutryumov, and the small ones were donated to the parish by the Kiev-Pechersk Lavra in the early twentieth century.
    Pokrovskaya Church is the oldest surviving Orthodox church in the country. It was visited by Russian emperors Alexander I and Alexander III with their families.

    South Karelian Museum

    An interesting exposition of the museum in Linnoytus Fortress is worth a visit to fans of local history. The collection is located in stone buildings of the XIX century and tells the story of South Karelia and the city of Lappeenranta. Visitors can look at the exhibits of two permanent exhibits or get acquainted with the exhibitions, which are regularly updated.
    Among the exhibits - handicrafts of Finns and Karelians, old maps, household items, military weapons, clothing and documents telling about the past of the region.
    Of great interest is the layout of Vyborg, which occupies 24 square meters. m. It was created in 1939 and carefully preserved. Part of the exposition is dedicated to the city of Priozersk.

    Address: Address: Kristiinankatu 15.

    Pontus Canal

    In the vicinity of Lappeenranta, traces of the old canal, which were built to connect the Vyborg Bay with Lake Saiman in the 17th century, have been preserved. It was called Uzi-Caivanto, and this was the second unsuccessful attempt to shorten the waterway from the Saimaa Lake System to the Baltic Sea.
    Construction work began in 1607 and lasted several months. Limited technical capabilities did not allow to complete what was started. The reason was the difference in the height of water bodies above sea level: Lake Saiman is located 76 meters above the Baltic, and a new waterway without a system of locks threatened to turn into an uncontrollable rapid and rapids stream. A disaster threat loomed over the Saimaa Lake ecosystem, and work was curtailed.
    Today, a half-kilometer earthen excavation of 10-meter width has been preserved at the site of the canal. Its depth is in places up to 9 meters. A memorial plaque on a stone stele is installed at the construction site.
    By the way, the commander Pontus Delagardi, who gained military fame in the service of the Swedish kings, died long before the start of construction and has nothing to do with the canal. The Lappeenranta was proposed by the locals to call this a historical landmark.

    Salpa Line

    For fans of military history in Lappeenranta, fortifications called the Salpa Line are of undoubted interest. They were built in 1941 to protect the Finnish border from a possible attack by the USSR. The line stretched from Petsamo in the north to the Gulf of Finland in the south, but there were no military operations in its zone.
    The Salpa line was fortified quite impressive and even surpassed the Mannerheim Line in the number of ditches, trenches and anti-tank barriers. In just a few months of work, volunteers and mobilized erected 728 concrete structures, dug almost 500 km of trenches and anti-tank ditches, built 3,000 bunkers and 250 bunkers. 315 km of fortifications were fenced with barbed wire.
    The Salpa Line Museum is located in Miehikkälä, 56 km from Lappeenranta.

    To get: on the highway to Cuovola 20 km south of Lappeenranta.

    Sky light

    The name of the church Lauritsalan kirkko, translated from Finnish, means “Heavenly Light”. The idea of ​​the project belongs to Finnish architects Toivo Korhonen and Jaakko Laapotti, who already in the middle of the last century sought to implement innovative developments in the field of architectural design.
    The temple turned out to be large and bright. Its foundation is made in the form of an equilateral triangle and symbolizes the Holy Trinity - the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Part of the concrete roof is replaced by glass and daylight penetrates, pushing the space apart. The wall behind the altar also has high vertical windows, and the temple fully lives up to its name. Even on a short winter day, Lauritsalan kirkko is filled with light.
    In the summer, various cultural events are often held in Heavenly Light: Finns use the excellent acoustic properties of the room to organize concerts and theatrical productions.

    Address: Kauppalankatu 1.

    Sand castle

    Every summer, a sand castle is erected on the shore of Lake Saimaa, which everyone can see when they arrive in Lappeenranta. The tradition has existed since 2003, and the theme of the next castle is re-selected each time by the organizers of the project. In the summer of 2017, the castle was dedicated to the 200th anniversary of Finland.
    Many other sand sculptures are being erected on the territory of the castle, an amusement park is being built, a café and bicycle rental are being opened. The castle is included in the tourist train route, and in the temporary chapel you will be helped to christen a baby or register a marriage.

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