Picturesque Old Town Ekenäs (Tammisaari), Finland ⛄ Winter Evening Walk
Welcome (back) to another scene, dear viewer.
Before we get into the historical facts.
I’m grateful that i was able to have this day off. (Kiitos)
Recently a snow storm came by and I knew it could be the last of the season.
I was so happy to be able to shoot several beautiful scenes.
Today we’re welcomed in the beautiful seaside town of Ekenäs.
It’s 18.45 and we’re within the hour after sunset, otherwise known as ‘Civil Twilight’.
The temperature started a lot colder this morning but luckily rose to just -6°c.
The distance from Helsinki is about 92 km, just over 1 hour by car.
Ekenäs is the Swedish name of this town while Tammisaari is the Finnish one.
The majority speaks Swedish with 81% and just 17% speak the Finnish language.
Ekenäs is Finland’s 7th oldest town and the first of the non-medieval towns.
Ekenäs was granted town rights in 1546 by King Gustav Wasa.
before that, in the Middle Ages a fishing village with small log cabins, its location was already known for maritime transport.
The old, mainly wooden town center is protected due to its cultural historical value.
Renovation to residential buildings is strictly controlled.
The history dates back to 16th century, but most of the current buildings date back to the 18th and 19th century.
For centuries the town was known for its skilful craftsmen. Many of the streets were named for the skilled trades practiced here.
Today, many still live here, including shoemakers, watchmakers, upholsterers, carpenters and restaurateurs to name a few.
The cosy bakeries and cafés are popular, as is the market on Wednesday and Saturday, especially in summer.
In the heart of the Town is the Church of Ekenäs.
Construction began already in the early 1650s, it took over 20 years to finish.
However, in 1821 there was a fire in the Old Town and in 1839 the restorations started.
Ekenäs is situated on a peninsula, surrounded by water with an enlarged archipelago consisting of about 1300 islands.
The archipelago also houses the Ekenäs National Park.
During the summer months the terraces attract many visitors, especially in the late evening when the sun begins its slow descent to the horizon.
Ekenäs is home to the oldest still functional cinema in Finland called Bio Forum. Located in the centre and it was founded in 1912.
Today the Old Town is still inhabited. Some houses are often empty, others are inhabited all year round.
Over the years, several renovations have been carried out. The Old Town is cared for today, perhaps more than ever before.
Thank you for keeping me company this evening, i hope you will enjoy the rest of the walk.
I managed to film a walk in Ekenäs last year (musical cinematic), i’ll link it below or in the top right corner of your screen.
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