Helsinki. The Katajanokka island. The bridge of love
The Pohjoisranta Promenade starts from the Katajanokka island, also called Skatudden (Juniper point), or just Skatta. a former Peninsula that separated from the city in 1840-ies of the channel. The channel connecting the North harbour from the South, enclosing a respectable area of Kauppatori from the slums Scatta - here lived the workers of the docks, seafarers, port prostitutes and other lowly public. The district was built up with wretched houses and artisanal workshops on the dirty streets does not erode the smell of rotting fish and marine resin. In the mid-19th century began the "cultivation" of the area, was built by marine barracks, and later the Cathedral of the assumption. Now Katajanokka expensive and prestigious district of Helsinki.
The bridge across the Katajanokka's canal (map). The railing of the bridge tightly hung with locks of faithfulness.
Similar objects in the world have one name - "Bridge of love" (Rakkauden silta in finnish). About it reports a brass plate in Finnish, Swedish and English.
it is believed that the tradition began thanks to a mention in the novel of Federico Moccia "Three meters above the sky" (1992), the first love locks appeared in Rome, lovers hang them on the lamppost on Mulwala bridge. The upshot was that the canopy collapsed under their weight, and the mayor imposed a penalty for pinning locks. (most recently under the weight of the locks has collapsed the railing of the bridge of Arts in Paris), the Tradition has spread around the world in 2000, these "bridges of love" in one form or another in every city.
But in fact the tradition that about a hundred years, and she was born in Serbia during the First world war. In the town of vrnjačka Banja (Vrnjačka Banja), a young teacher Nada fell in love with an officer of the Necklace. Soon after he went to war in Greece, in Corfu, met another girl and loved her. Hearing this Nada could not resist the blow of fate, and soon died of grief. Since then, the girls of the town began to hang locks on the bridge, on which were written the names of the lovers, and the keys thrown into the river, bonding thus bonds of love.
Bridge of love leads straight to the door of the restaurant Ravintola Sipuli (Ravintola Sipuli), decorated with a large copper onion. the Name means "Onion restaurant."
The dominant feature of the island - the Uspensky Cathedral, eastern ortodox church.
From the viewpoint at the church offers a wonderful view of the city.
To the Left is the Cathedral of St. Nicholas.
In center - Päävartiontori square, to the Right a perspective of Pohjoisranta promenade,
with sailing pier Halkolaituri.
The Headquarters of Stora Enso.
In the southern part of the island, opposite the cruise dock, you can look at the former customs warehouse (Tulli - ja pakkahuone). The building is an outstanding example of Nordic style "Jugend" or "national romanticism", one of the trends popular in the late 19th - early 20th century art Nouveau.
A strange construction to the right of the old Mint. This is the first avant-garde art, met me in a strict and conservative Finnish capital.