Neristan (Kokkola Old Town)

Kokkola, Finland

Neristan (downtown) is the name of the old town of Kokkola. Neristan is one of the most extensive wooden towns in Finland. The town plan of 12 blocks is derived from the 1660's. Most of the buildings were built between 1810 and 1880, although the oldest buildings are up to the 1600s.

Until the beginning of 1900s city of Kokkola was divided to Oppistan (upper town) and Neristan (downtown). Oppistan, the current city center, was the business district of rich merchants and the old shipping families. Neristan was inhabited by various craftsmen and sailors. Today most fine stone houses of Oppistan are demolished, but Neristan has remained fairly cohesive with its narrow streets and small gardens.

National Board of Antiquities has defined the Neristan area as a national built heritage.

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Founded: 1810-1880
Category: Historic city squares, old towns and villages in Finland
Historical period: Russian Grand Duchy (Finland)

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