Havis Amanda

Havis Amanda, Helsinki: Address, Havis Amanda Reviews: 4/5

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  • Helsingin yliopisto • 7 min walk
  • Rautatientori • 9 min walk
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Alex J
Melbourne, Australia2,208 contributions
Sep 2019
If you go to the Market Square, this should not be missed! It is at one end of Esplanade Park. Interesting history: made in Paris, and installed in 1908. This rather voluptuous nude was too sexy for prudish Lutheran Finns a hundred years ago, and it was quite controversial. Now, it is a much loved symbol of the city. And a very famous landmark. Quite photogenic.
Written 20 August 2020
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Jana C
Prague, Czech Republic4,446 contributions
Jan 2020
Havis Amanda was made by Ville Vallgren and is cast in bronze. The sculpture is of a mermaid standing on seaweedand is surrounded by four sea lions. When the statue was unveiled in 1908 it was criticised by mostly women for its nakedness.
Written 21 February 2020
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Mikael F
Helsinki, Finland24,218 contributions
Jan 2020
This nude female statue was modeled in 1906 in Paris by the sculptor Ville Vallgren. The Art Nouveau work was put at its present location at the Market Square in 1908.

The bronze mermaid rests on a fountain made of granite. The height of the statue is 1.94 meters and with the pedestal, it stands 5 meters tall.

There has been a big debate that fences should be put around this old and fragile statue. She will no longer endure the fierce celebration when Finland wins gold next time.
Written 19 January 2020
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heikkih722
Helsinki, Finland1,348 contributions
Dec 2019
Havis Amanda Square is once again a Christmas market full of handicrafts and food. Amanda herself is a bit on the sidelines.
Written 18 December 2019
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Heli P
Helsinki, Finland5,373 contributions
Nov 2019
To celebrate the festive season a small Christmas market has been opened by the famous fountain, dry in winter. Warm fur accessories, kitchen utensils carved from Finnish wood and handprinted souvenirs are popular items besides food products. If you dare the cold open air restaurants offer hot drinks and snacks, there is a real fire to warm up your hands.
Written 30 November 2019
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TbT
Cedar Rapids, IA330 contributions
Jun 2019
Nice statue & fountain grouping centrally located in downtown. It was found scandalous because the model was the sulpture's mistress.
Written 18 November 2019
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Danes55
Holstebro, Denmark1,943 contributions
Aug 2019
A large fountain with a naked vomen in the center and sorounded by 4 sealions and fish. Most part of the sculpture is in bronze and stand in pink granite. It was unveiled in 1908 and is placed close to the Kauppatori and the Esplanade Park. The height is 5 meter.
One of the most popular statues in Helsinki.
But it is located at a busy place.
Written 6 November 2019
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BigHugh51
Adelaide, Australia3,648 contributions
Jun 2019
We were only in Helsinki for one day. After travelling into the city centre from the port on a shuttle bus, we had spent the morning exploring the city precinct adjacent to the waterfront.
While strolling through a plaza known as the Market Place, situated next to the harbour, we came across this nice water-feature which consisted of a statue of a near naked woman on a fountain plinth in the middle of a round pond. On the pond’s low edges are sculptures of four seals, each of which spray water into the pond from their mouths.
We found this water-feature and its statues to be an attractive and interesting adornment to what would otherwise be a rather featureless city space.
Whilst we were there, the water-feature was certainly attracting a great deal of attention from visitors. There were lots of people posing for photographs next to it.
It would not be necessary to go out of your way just to see this water-feature. However, if you happen to be in the vicinity, it is worth pausing briefly to take a look.
Written 29 September 2019
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Juho Ä
Espoo, Finland242 contributions
Aug 2019 • Family
This statue is on your way from or to Kauppatori via Esplanadinpuisto park. This statue gets attention on first of May and when Finland wins the ice hockey world championship. Or any other bigger event in sports gets a Finnish guy on the podium.
Written 4 September 2019
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Alexandra T
Murrieta, CA1,768 contributions
Jul 2019
We were here on a rather chilly, windy day but there were still lots of people out. The fountain is near the harbor and it was the starting point for our walking tour of Helsinki. Quite a few small children were delighted with the water spraying out.
Written 14 August 2019
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