Finnish summer (sunny promenade), Helsinki
Situated in the heart of Helsinki, the Esplanade serves as a promenade for tourists and a place to relax for city residents. The park and the Espa Stage host many popular events, including the Marimekko Fashion Show and raising of the midsummer pole accompanied by folk dancing in June and the Jazz-Espa concert series on weekdays throughout July. The promenade of the Esplanade park continues in the Market square. Around the Market Square (Kauppatori) are many of the most loved landmarks, which have become an important part of daily life. Market Square lies at the very eastern side of the Esplanadi and next to the Baltic Sea, being home to sights such as Helsinki Town Hall (Kaupungintalo). But, we find the Presidential Palace (Presidentinlinna) here. Many regular ferries also depart next to the market square, travelling to neighbouring islands, such as Suomenlinna, and have become natural landmarks in their own right.
A short history of Helsinki
At the command of Gustavus Wasa, the King of Sweden, Helsinki was built at the mouth of the River Vantaa in 1550. The King ordered the burghers from Rauma, Ulvila, Porvoo and Tammisaari to move to Helsinki. The new town was supposed to compete for Russian trade with the town of Tallinn on the opposite shore of the Gulf of Finland.
For a long time, Helsinki grew very slowly. In the hope of attaining a better harbour, Helsinki was relocated further south to its current location by the open sea in the mid-17th century.
In the 18th century, Helsinki had to face great ordeals: war, plague and famine. The Russians invaded Helsinki during the Greater Wrath lasting from 1713 to 1721, and again in 1742. Fortification of Helsinki became a priority of the Swedish defence policy.
In 1748, the construction of a sea fortress at Suomenlinna, which is among the largest in Europe, was begun. The fortress was then known as the Gibraltar of the North. The fortress is currently a UNESCO World Heritage Site and it received the Europa Nostra award in 2000.
As a result of a war between Sweden and Russia, Finland was annexed as an autonomous Grand Duchy of the Russian Empire. Helsinki was made the capital of the Grand Duchy in 1812, after which the historical Empire-style centre was built around Helsinki Cathedral. The country¿s only university was moved from Turku to Helsinki in 1827.
In the late 19th century, Helsinki grew rapidly and developed into a modern European city. Transport links important for an industrial town were created by building railroads to Hämeenlinna in 1862 and to St Petersburg in 1870. The population exceeded the 100,000-inhabitant mark at the beginning of the 20th century.
(Source: Helsinki.fi & visithelsinki.fi)
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mesutilgim (88504) 2009-03-30 0:53
Good morning dear George,
Very good pov and nice compo with perfect light, soft and nice colors.
Very good usefull notes as well.
And best regards
fanni (14381) 2009-03-30 0:58
very lovely photo, good capture :) I like the summer mood and the perspective. Excellent light management and composition.
Have a nice day!
snunney (89018) 2009-03-30 1:09
A nicely animated scene with a pleasing summery feel to it. I like the perspective along the beautiful façades heightened by the use of the vertical format. Very good light and colours; excellent clarity.
besnard (54815) 2009-03-30 2:08
Une agréable photo estivale qui nous donne l'espoir de voir le beau temps arriver, déjà nous avons ici le soleil mais il fait un peu frais.
Merci pour le partage et bonne journée.
John_F_Kennedy (43379) 2009-03-30 2:20
Helsinki has indeed a nice city centre. This fassade is very beautiful and the architecture simply wonderful. Well done.
Photo65Net (43120) 2009-03-30 3:36
A very nice summer image !
I like the mood here, and the perspective.
Have a nice day,
rey316 (24) 2009-03-30 3:53
I love this picture. Good color and detail.
A good week
macondo (18623) 2009-03-30 3:59
From Malta to Helsinki, you're still taking great shots. Very strong perspective, good sharpness and colour. But what I like most is the apparent line of sight between the blonde in white top and the figure in the black t-shirt. I haven't been in Finland for over 25 years! Makes me feel old. Good work.
lousat (81666) 2009-03-30 4:17
Hi George,a beutiful point of view...but a wonderuful quality of sharpness first!! The colors too,kissed by the hard light of sun are fantastics! My best compliments for your finnish gallery,have a nice day,Luciano
amaryllis (35599) 2009-03-30 5:06
un tres bon cadrage de cette avenue et côté de ce batiment avec terrasses, un temps estival, une belle luminosité, ce batiment est superbe et un endroit agréable parfaitement entretenu
jlbrthnn (76037) 2009-03-30 5:23
You chose a good point of view, and a framing which included very beautiful arguments, very attractive. The depth is remarkable, like are clearness, the light and the colors. A beautiful image which gives desire for going to visit Finland. Congratulations.
Have a nice day
jjcordier (78388) 2009-03-30 8:09
Beau cadrage, belle lumière et superbes couleurs composent une bien belle photo, très agréable à regarder.
Cretense (68695) 2009-03-30 8:34
Wonderful daily life scene and excellent architecture photo! Great choice of vertical framing, fantastic diagonal perspective, flawless light managment and brilliant colours! Very clear atmosphere! Congratulations!
ymrk (14955) 2009-03-30 9:25
What a affactive architectural perspective,and splendid light in this place...And beautiful colors of sky...
Have a nice day,a warm greetings,
Graal (99802) 2009-03-30 11:44
Jó estet George,
interesting architecture and fine vertical composition. Pleasant sunny light and atmosphere. Good informations. I like it, well photojob.
berek (42928) 2009-03-30 12:34
wonderful Helsinki view with beautiful weather. impressive perspective and architecture here. have a nice week.
Scharan (14144) 2009-03-30 19:59
Uma bonita vista, ótima perspectiva.
O dia estava mesmo muito bonito e com um céu de uma azul fascinante. Gosto dos detalhes dos vasos brancos na calçada.
ChrisJ (103565) 2009-03-30 22:52
Superb use of diminishing linear perspective, with excellent sharpness, good contrast & a nice angled pov. The people add scale & context. Tfs!
hay_kes (30856) 2009-03-30 23:44
Hi dear George,
What a superb point of view and great perspective.TFS.
Have a good day,
PixelTerror (0) 2009-03-30 23:52
A luminous summer view with good perspective, many well exposed highlights help deliver this impression.
Have a nice day JY
Silvio1953 (129332) 2009-04-01 6:13
Ciao George, wonderful light and colors in Finland, Grey sky and rain in Italy, lovely composition with splendid perspective, very well done, ciao Silvio
JCG (35129) 2009-04-04 9:27
A beautiful and bright perspective on this nice sidewalk that introduces us some wonderful and interesting architecture. The strong contrasts are very appreciable and this blue sky is superb. Beautiful glance, thank you George.
With all my friendships and a very good WE,
serp2000 (41882) 2009-04-05 4:03
Great shot!Fine colours of this beautiful north city. Excellent postcard! TFS!
Greetings from Ural,
ikeharel (62111) 2010-05-30 21:00
A sunny summer view of daily life in Finland: not obviousely they have such days - this is the unusual.
Great color comp.with depth along the street in pic.( and a beautiful lady on left).
- Copyright: George Rumpler (Budapestman) (82620)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2005-08-09
- Categories: Daily Life, Architecture
- Camera: Canon Ixus 50
- Exposure: f/5.6, 1/1000 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Discovery of Helsinki [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2009-03-30 0:48