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Neristan, the Old Wooden Town Of Kokkola

The Old Wooden Town Neristan is a gem at the centre of Kokkola and it is one of our country’s most extensively preserved historical area of wooden houses. House building technique radiates with traditional Ostrobothnian carpenter skill. 

The town plan is from the 1650s. Area of Neristan covers 12 blocks with hundreds of wooden houses and courtyard buildings. The oldest are built in the 17th century. Over the centuries, area of Neristan has been shaped by land uplifts and fires, as well as by the development of the city, but you can still sense the spirit of the old city. 

The signs that artisans and sailors once lived in Neristan are well visible still today. If you look closely, you can spot porcelain dogs in the windows. They refer to the maritime tradition, when sailors brought porcelain dogs from overseas to their wives. When the master of the house was at home, his wife turned the dogs to look inside the house, but when the master was on his sea voyages, the dogs were turned to look out, as if to announce that the master of the house was traveling.  

In Neristan you can also see gossip mirrors in the windows, which carry their viewers into the 19th century, as the housekeepers sat at home with an embroidery on their hands observing street events in the mirror.  

When moving in Neristan, you can also compare the height of the stone foundations of the houses. The higher the foundation, the wealthier the family in the house has lived. 

Tourists who prefer to walk around on their own can guide themselves with a help of free brochure from Visit Kokkola. Mobile version available here.  Enjoy the sights along the walk and have a break at one of the charming coffee places along the tour to refresh. Another alternative is to participate in one of the guided tours of Neristan and listen to the fascinating stories about the old part of town. Let us know and we assist to find the most suitable tour for you.  

Old Wooden Town Neristan

Old Town Neristan

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