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Ruokolahti for culture lovers
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On the church hill of Ruokolahti, Albert Edelfelt, the famous Einnish painter, sketched his world famous painting "Ruokolahti Women on the Church Hill". The church hill has retained its appeal to our times. The wooden cross church, the shingle-roofed belfry, the local history museum and the Ruokolahti House, a replica of a traditional country house, are really worth seeing.
The Kolmiköytinen rock painting at Äitsaari and the archaeological Matkus exhibition in Karoniemi, from 5,000 years ago, provide a glirnpse of times long past.
Rantalinna, situated beside Lake Saimaa, is a beautiful castle. The Art Nouveau building, completed in 1913, is closely connected to the history of the Russian imperial dynasty. The castle still boasts furniture owned by Eugenia Maximilianova Romanovskaya, Princess of Leuchtenberg and Prince Alexander von Oldenburg, master and mistress of the castle between 1915 and 1929.
The Kutvele, Käyhkää and Kukonharju canals are scenic sights of special historic interest. The canals were built at the end of the 18th century by Russian soldiers under the supervision of Count Aleksandr Vasilyevich Suvorov (1730-1800). At Syyspohja, you can still see parts of the Salpalinja fortifications, a clefence line built in the 1940s to protect the eastern border of Finland.
The Ruokolahti Hall of the laakkirna Christian lnstitute is a venue for various types of concerts and events. Other centres for cultural life in Ruokolahti are the Suovilla library with its changirrg exhibitions, Taitotalo of the Ruokolahti Art Association, and village community centres, such as the Laamala House. ln the summer, there are many events ranging from farmers' markets to dancing and amateur theatre. Kulttuuripaivelu Kaiku organises cultural events and offers adventure packages. The first Old Geezer Carting World Championships were organised in 2007.
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