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- At the end of the Finnish Civil War in 1918, there was a prison camp called Fellman Field located at the site that is now called Fellman Park.
The Monument to the Red Prisoners is a large-scale work of art designed by sculptor Erkki Kannosto in granite and bronze. It was unveiled in 1978, 60 years after the war.
The memorial is based on an elevated square plane covered with granite tiles, with side dimensions of 14 meters. At the back of the level is a wide granite gate that rises to a height of more than 5 meters. On top of the level are five human figures over a three-meter-high bronze cast, four men and one woman, symbolizing the prisoners released from the camp.Written 6 July 2021This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- This striking monument can be found opposite the Lahti railway station on Marski Square.
Carl Gustaf Emil Mannerheim (1867–1951) was a very important Finnish military leader and statesman.
This monument by Lahti-based sculptor Veikko Leppänen was revealed in 1959, about six months earlier than the Helsinki equestrian statue.Written 1 July 2021This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- This bronze statue is a hero statue for the White soldiers who died in the 1918 Civil War.
The statue by a known Finnish sculptor Viktor Jansson (the father of author Tove Jansson) was revealed in 1921 in the Town Hall Park.
The statue depicts a nude male figure. The model was the young Elias Simelius who was later renamed Elias Simojoki, a priest and Member of Parliament as an IKL activist.Written 1 July 2021This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- This striking work by sculptor Pentti Papinaho is centrally located south of Lahti Market Square, at the intersection of Aleksanterinkatu and Mariankatu.
The sculpture was completed in 1975 and revealed in another location but it was transferred to the current location in 1991.
It was unveiled for the second time on the Armed Forces Flag Day on June 4. The new location is more central. It is on a straight line between Lahti City Hall and the Church of the Cross.
This rider statue is depicting two Hakkapeliittas returning home. The Hakkapeliittas were Finnish cavalry who served in the Swedish army, especially during the Thirty Years' War in 1618–1648.Written 1 July 2021
- This bronze statue by sculptor Yrjö Liipola was revealed in 1946 in the beautiful Town Hall park
The statue is a monument for Lahti wood processing. The statue was donated by factory owner Aukusti Asko-Avonius. He was the founder of the Asko Group, a furniture manufacturer in Lahti.
The statue depicts a shirtless logger with an ax wiping sweat on his forehead.
The three reliefs on the pedestal of the statue depict a happy home, a carpenter and an apprentice, and a modern industrial plant.Written 1 July 2021
- Jari Litmanen was born in Lahti in 1971. He played in Lahden Reipas, HJK and MyPa. Abroad he played in Ajax, Barcelona, Liverpool, Hansa Rostock, and Malmö FF.
Once considered one of the best-attacking midfielders in the world, he became the first Finnish football superstar while playing for Ajax in the mid-1990s. In 1995 Ajax won the Champions League.
Jari Litmanen became the first Finnish team sports player to be honored with a statue. It stands at Kisapuisto (Lahti) where he started his career in the 1970s. The statue by sculptor Reijo Huttu was unveiled according to Litmanen's game number 10 on October 10, 2010.
The statue was met with strong opposition including the Finnish Association of Sculptors: "The player is clumsy, the relationships between body, head, and limbs do not match and the feeling of movement has not been achieved."
The following spring in 2011, the statue was subjected to vandalism. An attempt was made to burn the statue, its pedestal was dismantled, and it was stained with a white sticky substance that messed up the statue’s face. The statue was damaged in response to Litmanen's agreement with HJK.
The statue was taken for restoration and restored to its place in May 2012.Written 1 July 2021
- This skier statue by sculptor Viktor Jansson was revealed in 1938. It depicts a bronze slender skier downhill, modeled by skier hero Tapani Niku. The statue is located at Lahti Sports Centre.
Tapani Niku (1894–1989) won a bronze medal in the 18 km event at the 1924 Winter Olympics. He also won the 50 km race at the Lahti Ski Games in 1923–25.
The statue was a donation from shoe manufacturer J. Mononen during the 1938 World Championships. It was a marketing trick for his ski shoe (= mono in Finnish) factory.Written 6 July 2021
- This fountain sculpture from 1987 by Finnish sculptor Kari Juva on a red granite pedestal is located in Church Park.
The sculpture depicts four women holding plates above their heads. Water should have been flowing from these plates. On our visit, there was no water to be seen.
The sculpture was a donation to the city of Lahti by the nearby Mallasjuoma beer factory on its 75th anniversary.Written 15 May 2022
- Siiri "Äitee" Rantanen (born in 1924, still alive in Lahti) is a known Finnish cross-country skier who competed during the 1950s and early 1960s. She competed in 1952, 1956, and 1960 Olympics and won a medal in each of them.
Siiri Rantanen was the first Finnish female athlete to receive her own statue. The bronze statue by sculptor Toivo Pelkonen was unveiled in Lahti on March 6 1998 in connection with the Salpausselkä Games.Written 6 July 2021
- This red-granite sculpture by a known Finnish sculptor Wäinö Aaltonen is located in Church Park next to heroes' graves. The statue was unveiled in 1952.
The sculpture is depicting a woman with her hands raised. It symbolizes freedom, peace, and reconciliation.Written 6 July 2021
- Mikael Agricola (1510–1557) was a Finnish Lutheran clergyman who became the founder of literary Finnish. He translated the New Testament into Finnish and also produced the prayer book and hymns used in Finland's Lutheran Church. Agricola was consecrated as the bishop of Turku in 1554.
This bronze half figure of Agricola reading a book was revealed in 1953 in Lahti Erkonpuisto. It is a copy of the statue that sculptor Emil Wikström made for Vyborg in 1908.
The original statue was destroyed in the Winter War of 1940. Other copies can be seen in Turku Cathedral (1910), Pernaja (1959), and Vyborg (2009).Written 1 July 2021