Finland Day 2 and 3: Churches, Cemeteries, a Mental Hospital and Family

My adventures in Finland continue and cover churches, cemeteries, a mental hospital and family. Sounds like an interesting mix. Right?

Friday 30 June 2017
The day was cool and cloudy, and rain was forecast, still my cousin took me touristing again. This time to the Rock Church in Helsinki. I found this listed on a number of “things you must do in Finland” lists, so asked if we could go there. The Rock Church is a modern church, built in the 1960s that has been built into rock and largely underground. I know my photos don’t do it justice, so here’s a link to find out more about it. It is a big tourist attraction, and yes it even costs to enter (3 Euros/person).

Rock Church, Helsinki, FInland

the entrance to the church

Rock Church, Helsinki, Finland

the view from the balcony

Rock Church, Helsinki, Finland

looking up

Rock Church, Helsinki, Finland

the top of the dome roof from the outside

Next stop was the Helsinki cemetery. I visited this cemetery a couple of years ago and was shown some relatives graves then, so it was an interesting challenge to see if we could locate them again from memory. Yay for us, we did, though we pretty much walked the entire cemetery looking for them. But since it’s a spectacular cemetery, and the rain held off it was lovely to just wander. I know a cemetery wouldn’t be on most tourist’s itinerary, but you know it’s what us genie folk LOVE, so I was pleased that we got there.

squirrel in Finland

look who I found in the cemtery

Helsinki Cemetery

Otto and Hedvig, my 2x great grandparents


Helsinki Cemetery

Gustaf is my 3x great grandpa

Helsinki Cemetery

Gustaf’s wife, Ulrika is there too, but in a separate grave

candle lantern on grave

having candle lanterns on graves is a common thing in Finland

Helsinki cemetery

isn’t this grave pretty

Helsinki Cemetery

more pretty graves …

Helsinki Cemetery

this was interesting, grave plaques or markers with lanterns

Following on from visiting a church and a cemetery, my cousin took me to a mental hospital which is now partly a cafe … you’d never guess it from outside would you?

former mental hospital in Helsinki

now a cafe, but formerly a mental hospital in Helsinki

Saturday 1 July 2017
Yesterday was seeing the ancestors, today was seeing the cousins. Today was an ‘at home’ day, so I don’t have any interesting place pictures to show you. But we did have cousins come and visit and with quiche, rhubarb pie, Tim Tams and Fruchocs (chocolate covered apricots), chatter, photos and family history … it was a great afternoon.

Winter cousins


Winter cousins

and I said we needed a group selfie

Tomorrow we head off to the Summer house.

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