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Lahti Sights and Landmarks Guide, Finland

Lahti, Finland - Sights

There are a couple of sights that you can see while visiting Lahti, Finland, as this city is full of culture and history.  One of these is the Church of the Cross, which was designed by the architect Alvar Aalto, and it was finished in 1978.  There is a sculpture in the yard of the church, which is known as 'Spirit of Freedom' by Wäinö Aaltonen.  The church is open Monday through Thursday from 10am to 6pm; on Fridays from 10am to 4pm; and on Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 5pm with an appointment.

Lahti Town Hall is a major sight to see in the city, as it is one of the most notable monuments in the country that was designed by Eliel Saarinen during 1911, being completely finished in 1912.  The building was used by the fire department, municipal administration, the town jail, and the police department originally.  There was an annex built in 1934 that was designed by the architect of the city, Kaarlo Könönen.  The original interior has been spoiled with renovations.

The Musical Fountain is definitely a must see, which is located near the passenger harbor in Kariniemi park next to the Pikku-Vesijärvi pond.  This is the biggest musical fountain that can be found in the Nordic (Scandinavian) countries, and it was built in 1997 by Lahti Energia, an energy company.  Lights, music, and water are a combination that creates a wonderful symphony, which is best seen in the evenings of fall and winter.  The music that is played includes film and classical music, along with well known musical tunes.

A great sculpture park to visit is the Lanu Park, which contains 12 works created by Olavi Lanu, the artist.  It is located on a hill, which can be reached with a walk from the Vesijärvi lake shore area.  The sculptures are placed in the forest so that they can blend with the natural setting.  Their color is similar to that of natural stone.  They are also allowed to let moss gather on them.  Their position along the illuminate footpaths seems as if they were found by chance.

Lahti Harbour has gained the title of Lahti's living room, as this is the focal point of numerous events during the summer.  There is a lively summer program that occurs here, including different kinds of boating events, village markets, fish markets, and a Midsummer festival as well.

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