Lappee Church


Diagonally across the park from its own bell tower, the adorable wooden Lappee Church was built in 1794 to an unusual ‘double cruciform’ floor plan, the only one of its kind in Finland. South of the church stretches the graveyard, with an evocative war memorial, which features poignant cubist and modernist sculptures commemorating Finns who died in the Winter and Continuation Wars.

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1. War Memorial

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In the central Sankarihautausmaa park, this evocative war memorial features poignant cubist and modernist sculptures commemorating Finns who died in the…

2. Wolkoff Home Museum

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3. Cavalry Museum

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4. Orthodox Church

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5. Lappeenranta Art Museum

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6. Linnoitus

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Standing guard above the harbour, this hulking hilltop fortification was begun by the Swedes and finished by the Russians in the late 18th century. Today…

7. South Karelian Museum

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8. Myllysaari

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