Old Rauma

Rauma, Finland

Old Rauma is the largest unified historical wooden town in the Nordic countries. Fire has destroyed it several times since 1500s, last major one occured in 1682. There are 600 buildings in old town, mostly privately owned. Oldest still existing houses are from the 18th century.

Locations of special interest include the Kirsti house, which is a seaman's house from the 18th and 19th centuries, and the Marela house, which is a shipowner's house dating to the 18th century but with a 19th century facade, both of which are currently museums. The population of Old Rauma is 800. the Church of the Holy Cross, an old Franciscan monastery church from the 15th century with medieval paintings and the old town hall from 1776.

In 1991 Old Rauma was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage list.



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Founded: 18th century
Category: Historic city squares, old towns and villages in Finland
Historical period: The Age of Enlightenment (Finland)


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Regine Rudolph (2 years ago)
fantastic historical old township. Very nice picturesque houses, Lots of Cafés and handcraft shops and ateliers & museums durrounded by green and a little river.
Faruk yılmaz (2 years ago)
Rauma is a charming little city from the 17th century. The streets with wooden houses with unique architecture are still a center of attraction and are on the UNESCO world heritage list. According to a rumor, this lady I'm sitting next to was planted here every day waiting for her boyfriend, and eventually identified with this place and her statue was made. Just kidding, I wish you a happy Sunday,
Dirgni “Ingrid” (2 years ago)
Beautiful old town. Really a place to be in Finland. Love it
Millie Cheng (2 years ago)
Today is shiny so it is warm to walk along Rauma is famous for lace design and wooden houses! Highly recommend to visit!
Barongo Adam (3 years ago)
If you love Porvoo, then you will definitely fall in much love with old Rauma. There are beautiful streets to walk along. Open air markets are common. Animal friendly and controlled vehicle movement within the city is an additional advantage.
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