The Old Finnish Karelia lives on in Lempäälä! The inhabitants of the town of Sakkola, which was ceded to the Soviet Union after the Second World War, were relocated to the Tampere region. Most of these evacuees settled in the towns of Punkalaidun, Lempäälä, and Vesilahti. Now Sakkola’s cultural history is presented in a museum in Lempäälä through photographs and artefacts brought from Karelia. A model of Sakkola Church is on display also.
The Sakkola Museum, on the Kuokkala Museum Road, is run by the Sakkola Foundation. The area is also home to a restaurant, Villa Hakkari, which is in an old mansion, surrounded by a lush green arboretum. In the summertime, open-air theatre performances are held.
Museum’s 10 Gems
Photos © Sakkola Museum