Friday, 20 September 2013

The historic Svartå Manor - the largest non-ecclesiastic wooden building in Finland

The historic Svartå Manor, situated about 80 km west of Helsinki, is the largest non-ecclesiastic wooden building in Finland. The architectural style of the manor, which was built between 1783 and 1792, is a mix between rococo and neo-classicism. The interior is mainly in Gustavian style. A unique bedroom, where one king (Sweden's Gustav III) and two emperors (Alexander I and Alexander II of Russia) have slept, is of particular interest.

In the early 20th century the manor was owned by Finland's then richest man, Hjalmar Linder, who also was a major patron of the arts. Among Linder's guests at Svartå were e.g. composer Jean Sibelius and the Swedish painter Louis Sparre

The privately owned Svartå Manor is now a museum. The surrounding buildings have been converted to a small hotel and a restaurant.

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