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Old Rauma, FinlandOld Rauma, Finland
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authorshipEetu Laankoski
photo licensing Old Rauma is one of the oldest harbours in Finland. It is located on the Gulf of Botnia, in Satakunta in Western Finland.

Old Rauma was constructed around a Franciscan monastery. The mid-15th century Holy Cross Church of the monastery is still standing today. Old Rauma was damaged by fire twice in the 17th century, in 1640 and 1682. Nevertheless its vernacular buildings are still standing today.

Hauenguano Square, Old RaumaHauenguano Square, Old Rauma
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Among the places of interest in Old Rauma today includes the seaman's house from the 18th and 19th centuries, called the Kirsti house. The Marela house, belonging to shipowners of the 18th century are also worth a look. Both of these are now museums.

Old Rauma was inscribed as a World Heritage Site during the 15th session of the World Heritage Committee which was held in Carthage, Tunisia, on 9-13 December, 1991.

World Heritage Site Inscription Details

Location: N 61 7 41.016 E 21 30 42.012
Inscription Year: 1991
Type of Site: Cultural
Inscription Criteria: IV, V

Visiting Old Rauma

You can visit Rauma by taking a flight to neighboring Pori or Turku, and then continue by bus or train from there. Alternatively you can take a bus from Helsinki direct.

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