Pori Jazz Festival
Pori is widely known for its international jazz music festival, established in 1966. Today Pori Jazz is one of the major jazz festivals in Europe as well as one of the largest culture events in Finland. The nine-day festival is held annually in July. Many renowned musicians have played the festival over the years, including artists like B. B. King, Ray Charles, Miles Davis, Keith Jarrett, Bob Dylan, Elton John, Kanye West and Santana.
Yyteri is located 17 kilometres out of the city center. The six-kilometre-long beach is one of the largest in Baltic Sea. Part of the area is designated as a unisex nudist beach. Tourist facilities in Yyteri include a hotel and spa, camping park and a golf course. It is also very popular among windsurfers.
The Jusélius mausoleum
The mausoleum was built as a memorial for a young girl named Sigrid who passed away at the age of 11. She was the daughter of businessman F. A. Jusélius. Jusélius wanted to honor the memory of his precious daughter in a dignified and permanent manner. The mausoleum is one of Pori’s most well known sights.
Villa Mairea was designed by the most famous Finnish architect, Alvar Aalto. The villa is one of the most successful examples of the modernist style in architecture and one of Aalto’s most widely known designs. Villa Mairea was completed in 1939 and it has become a popular destination for architects from around the world.
Pori Art Museum
Pori Art Museum has been famous for its modern art exhibitions for over 30 years and has from the beginning focused on the new phenomena of the visual arts. The basic collection belonging to the Maire Gullichsen Art Foundation, contains mainly Finnish art from the beginning of the 20th century to the present day, with the emphasis on the post-war period.
Satakunta Museum presents the history of Satakunta province and the city of Pori. The collections include over 80,000 artifacts and other objects. Museum’s archives include over 300,000 photographs, maps and architectural drawings. Satakunta Museum is located near the city center by the river Kokemäenjoki. The museum was established in 1888 and it is one of the oldest historical museums in Finland. The present museum building was completed in 1973.
Kirjurinluoto is a lush park area right by the city centre. It is a popular location for summer frolicking. The three-hectare play park for children, exhibition gardens, scenic outdoor routes, a beach by the river and a chance to encounter various animals make sure that this park provides you with things to do for days.
In the Pori region, there is a continuous hiking trail network totalling to 360 kilometres. In addition to a great hike in amazing Nordic nature, the route has plenty of options for accommodation, eating, and – obviously – sauna and swimming in lakes.
Lido Open-Air Swimming Pool
Build in the 50s, the open-air pool has ever since been a popular among the locals as well as visitors alike. Still sporting the 50s architectural vibes, the pool is built to conform the terrain, and features a full-scale diving tower, a water slide, and several pools.
Satakunta Garden Information Centre
In fact, a horticultural advice centre for the region assisting gardening professional and enthusiasts alike, the centre also features beautiful gardens. The Hanhipuisto park and the Polsa route both are stunningly pretty, and since they are the centre’s display areas, the places are always extremely well taken care of.
The northernmost district of Pori, Ahlainen, is a former maritime village and renowned for the surrounding nature, sea, and beautiful buildings. The village is of great cultural significance, due to its skilfully constructed wooden houses and traditional picket fences. The oldest church in the Pori region, constructed in 1796, is also located in Ahlainen.
The Korsman House museum is the home of the fictional family Korsman, and decorated to portray the famlly’s life in 1951. The family has two children, and the house is designed to share the 50s atmosphere and to show the childhood of the grandparents of today’s children. All items can be touched and examined.
Pori National Urban Park
The Pori National Urban Park is a continuous area of green and blue within the city. Without leaving the park, you can explore the Kokemäenjoki river delta, walk through city and oserve important historical builidings, and keep on going until you reach the Isomäki recreation area and the countryside surrounding Pori.
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