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The old cemetery nurtures traditions (Kouvola/Mäntyharju)

The dead have been buried in the sand of Mäntysaari island in Lake Vuohijärvi, a couple of kilometres from the mainland, since at least the 1200s. Today, there are a few burials per year and in summer weddings are celebrated in the small island chapel. The island is an important place for locals and fascinating from the cultural and historical perspective. It has been said that the island has been used as a cemetery since the Bronze Age. Mäntysaari island may be among the last, if not the only, cemetery island still in use in Finland.

The island is only accessible by boat. Cruises from Orilampi stop by here.

www.orilampi.com/in-english

Nearby attractions: Flowers bloom in Love Park , A countryside landscape in the middle of the forest , Forest Sauna , Bathing in a forest sauna is a unique experience , History of Finnish wood processing industry , The Mäntyharju-Repovesi route , Enjoy the lake view , , Art and culture in Mäntyharju , Enjoy a bird’s eye view of the landscape

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Keywords: Cultural heritage