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Kokkola Sights and Landmarks Guide, Finland

Founded in 1620 by Gustaf II, a Swedish King, Kokkola at present is a historical town. Its population is about 36,000. The town is found in the middle of Finland and offers breathtaking sceneries and welcoming tourist attractions which will certainly delight visitors from all over the globe. Kokkola, dubbed as the City of the Sea, is worthy of a visit.

Kokkola Sights – Churches and Other Landmarks

The town of Kokkola offers numerous landmarks reflecting both the history and architectural style of the town in the past. Walking through the town will take back any visitor to both the history and beauty of the place. Here is what is included in the list of landmarks and churches in Kokkola Sights.

Kokkola Church. The Kokkola Church seen in the town at present is the third one constructed at the same spot. The first church was built in the mid-1600s. It was made of wood shaped into a cross. However, this church was torn down in 1876. The second church was constructed in 1877 and was damaged by a fire in 1958. The present Kokkola church was opened in December 1960 and was designed by Aarne Nuortila, an architect.

Kaarlela Church. Constructed in the 1460s, Kaarlela is one of the seven medieval churches found in Ostrobonthnia. The present cruciform shape of the church was the result of a major reconstruction done at the end of the 1700s. The altarpiece inside the church has three parts: The Birth of Jesus, Jesus in Gethsemane, and the Ascension of Jesus. The pulpit was brought to Finland from Sweden in 1622 and is considered one of the oldest in the country.

The Bailiff’s House. In Hakalahti, visitors will find a number of the oldest houses of the town. At this part of Kokkola, visitors will find the Bailiff’s House which stands on the seashore of Narvila. The house used to be a court and a residence of the Bailiff. Tourists may visit the house every day from 10am to 3pm.

Kokkola Sights – Museums

A classical small town found on the coast of the Gulf of Bothnia, Kokkola shares its culture through the museums found in it. These Kokkola Sights welcome visitors and acquaint them to the different art collections.

KH Renlund Museum. This museum has three parts: the historical museum, nature museum, and art museum. Renlund’s works are found in the museum, of course and it is open for public viewing all-year round. Guided tours are available and should anyone feel hungry or scorched after the tour, there are cafés and restaurants near the museum.

Kokkola Local History Museum. This museum of local history exemplifies the peasant culture in Central Ostrobothnia during the 19th century. The museum includes a farmhouse, tannery, old smithy, and wool-carding shop.

There are yet other things to explore in Kokkola Sights with sceneries will captivate every visitor’s eye. Other worthy places to visit in Finland are the spectacular Vaasa Sights and majestic Helsinki Sights.

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