Located in the city of Rauma, Finland. The area was chosen to the UNESCO World Heritage list in 1991 as a unique example of a living and well maintained old Nordic wooden town.
- It forms a unified area of historical, single-storey buildings, a partly medieval street network and a viable urban community complete with dwellings, shops and services. It was inscribed in 1991.
- Area`s unique position as an historic town quarter was gradually recognised at the beginning of the 20th century. As the town expanded elsewhere, Old Rauma was saved from modernisation. Strong protectionist action in the 1960s was embodied in the 1981 town plan, which preserved the valuable environment and building stock of town.
- Today this part of Rauma is a thriving residential and working community. Most of the old wooden buildings have been repaired during the last three decades and their interiors modernised. Today it has become a highly desirable place to live. Householders maintain their properties under the guidance of the town authorities.
How to get there?
- There are clear road signs in the city to guide you to area. From the bus station, it is only about 100 m to Old Rauma.
- It is preferable to avoid driving a car in old part of town. There are only a few parking places in the area. There are four fairly big parking areas, which are within a short walking distance from the attractions in the old town.
World Heritage in Finland
- Unesco approved the Convention concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage in 1972. The World Heritage Convention is a global decision to promote the treasuring and preservation of unique cultural and natural heritage for future generations. In Finland there is seven World Heritage sites.