Historic Buildings from the Era of Jean Sibelius

Historic Buildings from the Era of Jean Sibelius

The 150th Anniversary of the great Finnish composer Jean Sibelius (8.12.1865–20.9.1957) is celebrated in 2015 all over Finland – including of course in Loviisa, where he spent his time at his grandmother’s and aunt’s house during his youth. The experiences in Loviisa filled him with impressions that were to inspire him for the rest of his life. In this house he composed the Kullervo symphony in 1892. Today the music institute of Loviisa can be found in the house. The house is close to the church.

Visitors can not miss the bold neo-gothic church in Loviisa, since the impressive building is located at the western gateway of the city centre. Loviisa Church was built in 1863–1865 and it has served as a road church for many years.The church celebrates its 150th anniversary in 2015 and in honour of this there are concerts on the 15th every month. At the Loviisa Church the visitos will be greeted by a large Christ sculpture raised in the center of the altar. The oldest attraction of the church is Mikael Agricola’s bible dating back to 1642. It is the first complete bible in Finnish.

We can be grateful to architect Georg Chiewitz for the 19th century view around the church and the market square in Loviisa. This year 2015 it will be 200 years since Chiewitz's birth.

More information about Loviisa:

Loviisa Tourist Office, Karlskronabulevardi 8, Fi-07900 Loviisa, tel. +358 40 555 3387, www.visitloviisa.fi, www.facebook.com/visitloviisa

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