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Finland, Bronze Age Burial Site of Sammallahdenmaki

 Posted by Simon Laroche
Simon Laroche
, October 30, 2013 at 05:01:14

Location Region of Satakunta, Province of Western Finland
Coordinates N61 7 14.016 E21 46 39
Date of Inscription 1999

Brief Description (http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/579 )

This Bronze Age burial site features more than 30 granite burial cairns, providing a unique insight into the funerary practices and social and religious structures of northern Europe more than three millennia ago.

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Sammallahdenmaki, Bronze age burial site

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Finland, Verla Groundwood and Board Mill

 Posted by Simon Laroche
Simon Laroche
, October 30, 2013 at 04:52:37

Location Municipalities of Jaala and Valkeala, Region of Kymenlaakso, Province of Southern Finland
Coordinates N61 3 42.984 E26 38 26.988
Property 23 ha
Date of Inscription 1996

Brief Description (http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/751 )

The Verla groundwood and board mill and its associated residential area is an outstanding, remarkably well-preserved example of the small-scale rural industrial settlements associated with pulp, paper and board production that flourished in northern Europe and North America in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Only a handful of such settlements survive to the present day.

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Museum, Verla Groundwood and Board Mill

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Finland, Petajavesi Old Church

 Posted by Simon Laroche
Simon Laroche
, October 30, 2013 at 04:44:11

Location Petäjävesi, Region of Central Finland, Province of Western Finland
Coordinates N62 15 0 E25 10 59.988
Date of Inscription 1994

Brief Description (http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/584 )

Petäjävesi Old Church, in central Finland, was built of logs between 1763 and 1765. This Lutheran country church is a typical example of an architectural tradition that is unique to eastern Scandinavia. It combines the Renaissance conception of a centrally planned church with older forms deriving from Gothic groin vaults.

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Petäjävesi Old Church

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Finland, Old Rauma

 Posted by Simon Laroche
Simon Laroche
, October 30, 2013 at 04:31:10

Location Rauma, Region of Satakunta, Province of Western Finland (formerly Province of Turku-Pori)
Coordinates N61 7 41.016 E21 30 42.012
Property 29 ha
Date of Inscription 1991

Brief Description (http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/582 )

Situated on the Gulf of Botnia, Rauma is one of the oldest harbours in Finland. Built around a Franciscan monastery, where the mid-15th-century Holy Cross Church still stands, it is an outstanding example of an old Nordic city constructed in wood. Although ravaged by fire in the late 17th century, it has preserved its ancient vernacular architectural heritage.

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Alley, Old Rauma Houses in Rauma

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Finland, Fortress of Suomenlinna

 Posted by Simon Laroche
Simon Laroche
, October 30, 2013 at 04:20:26

Location Helsinki Harbour, Region of Uusimaa, Province of Southern Finland
Coordinates N60 8 49.992 E24 59 13.992
Property 210 ha
Date of Inscription 1991

Brief Description (http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/583 )

Built in the second half of the 18th century by Sweden on a group of islands located at the entrance of Helsinki's harbour, this fortress is an especially interesting example of European military architecture of the time.

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Suomenlinna Suomenlinna

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Finland, Sweden, High Coast - Kvarken Archipelago

 Posted by Simon Laroche
Simon Laroche
, August 14, 2010 at 06:50:09

Location Finland, Sweden
Coordinates N63 17 60 E21 18 0
Property 336,900 ha
Date of Inscription 2000

Brief Description (http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/898 )

The Kvarken Archipelago (Finland) and the High Coast (Sweden) are situated in the Gulf of Bothnia, a northern extension of the Baltic Sea. The 5,600 islands of the Kvarken Archipelago feature unusual ridged washboard moraines, ‘De Geer moraines’, formed by the melting of the continental ice sheet, 10,000 to 24,000 years ago. The Archipelago is continuously rising from the sea in a process of rapid glacio-isostatic uplift, whereby the land, previously weighed down under the weight of a glacier, lifts at rates that are among the highest in the world. As a consequence islands appear and unite, peninsulas expand, and lakes evolve from bays and develop into marshes and peat fens. The High Coast has also been largely shaped by the combined processes of glaciation, glacial retreat and the emergence of new land from the sea. Since the last retreat of the ice from the High Coast 9,600 years ago, the uplift has been in the order of 285 m which is the highest known ''rebound''. The site affords outstanding opportunities for the understanding of the important processes that formed the glaciated and land uplift areas of the Earth''s surface.

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Kvarken Archipelago

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