Helsinki. Esplanade Park - Lime and Monuments

Behind the Havis Amanda fountain rises the Esplanade (Finnish Esplanadin puisto, Swedish Esplanadparken), a French-style Park built in the thirties of the nineteenth century by the city architect Karl Ludwig Engel. The inhabitants of Helsniki colloquially refer to this place with the short word "Espa". A wide alley stretching for 280 meters is framed by trees, mostly lime trees. Their dense crowns form solid green walls that separate the alley from the busy thoroughfares of Central Helsinki.

Helsinki. Esplanade

Not far from the entrance, on the right side of the alley, a fountain by sculptor Viktor Jansson "Hei vaan" ("Hello") was built in 1940. The sculpture also has a folk name "Ilmaiskyyti" which literally translates as"free travel".

Helsinki. Esplanade. Monument 'Hello' (Free travel)

In the center of the Park in 1885, a monument was erected to the teacher, journalist and poet Johan Ludwig Runeberg (1804-1877).

Helsinki. The Statue Of Johan Ludwig Runeberg

The collection of poems "Stories of Vanrika Stell", written in the 30-40s of the 19th century, created a remarkable image of the Finnish people and brought the author the title of national poet of Finland. Runeberg's literary works gave rise to the revival of Finnish national identity against the background of the Russian-Swedish war for the redistricting of Finland.

Helsinki. The Statue Of Johan Ludwig Runeberg

The pedestal is decorated with a sculpture of a girl in a national costume, which became the image of Finland (Suomi-neito).

Helsinki. The Statue Of Johan Ludwig Runeberg

The author of the monument is the poet's son, the sculptor Walther Magnus Runeberg (1838-1920), known for such works as monuments to Alexander II in the Senate square and Pietari Brahe in Turku.