04/2006  -   Porvoo [Borga in Swedish]


Porvoo is a town approximately 50 kms east of Helsinki. It is well known for its wooden buildings on the riverside and a charming cathedral.

The famous wooden storage buildings

... and their modern residential counterparts

Some views of the river

The Porvoo Cathedral - built around 13th century.

It has been rebuilt through the centuries including repairs after a second world war bombing.

shopping in town


From Porvoo on our way back to Tampere we visited the Hollolan Church on the shore of Lake Vesijarvi.  It was completed in 1481 and dedicated to the Virgin Mary.  The Empire Bell Tower at the entrance of the Church was built during 1821-1831.