Architecture and history

Architecture and history in Lahti region

You can find highlights of the varied local architecture in the centre of Lahti and the surrounding region. Hollola has been the centre of Päijät-Häme for centuries. Hollola's history as a parish and administrative area dates back almost 800 years in time. In the early 18th century, the greater parish of Hollola covered almost the whole present region of Päijät-Häme.

On of the major sights of modern architecture is the Sibelius Hall Congress and Concert Centre at the harbour. Feel the pulse of the history in the region’s manors and hear the sound of church bells. Discover the manors, historical sights and churches in the area. Welcome to tour the cultural attractions of the Päijät-Häme Region.

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Wood architecture park

The surroundings of Vesijärvi harbour in Lahti are a veritable mecca for friends of wood architecture. In addition to Sibelius Hall Congress and Concert Centre, an international Wood Architecture Park is being constructed year by year in the harbour area. The latest addition is the culture café Piano-Paviljonki on the shore of Vesijärvi


Church of the cross

Church of the Cross designed by academician Alvar Aalto is the main church in the City of Lahti. Built in 1978, the simplified church's ecterior face opening to the marketplace is dominated by a large cross consisting of 52 windows, one for each week of the year. The Church Park includes Wäinö Aaltonen's sculpture Vapauden hengetär (Spirit of Freedom).


Sibelius Hall

A masterpiece of modern wood architecture, combining the historic carpentry factory with modern architecture. Lahti Symphony Orchestra concerts provide a way to enjoy the wonderful acoustics of the main hall. The repertoire also includes light music and stars from the world of entertainment. Finlandia club hosts gigs from Finland's finest in rock and heavy metal.


The Kapatuosia Hillfort

he medieval church and the hillfort form a unique setting with regard to landscape and historical aspects. The hill of Kapatuosia and its surroundings were already inhabited in the Stone Age, around 8,000 years ago.


Hollola Medieval Church

The culture-historical milieu of the village of Hollola is dominated by the Church of Saint Mary built in 1495-1510, and a belfry built in 1829-1931 according to the designs of C.L. Engel. The church is one of the most important medieval monuments in the Lahti region.


Lahti City Hall

City Hall is a landmark of great architectural value. Designed by the renowned architect Eliel Saarinen, Lahti  The building, completed in 1912, represents the Late Art Nouveau, or Jugend, style.There is lunch restaurant Tyrmä (Dungeon) on the basement floor.


Pyhäniemi Manor

Pyhäniemi Manor is one of the most culturally significant manor milieus in Finland. You can sense the early 20th century manor atmosphere in this empire style building enclosed in a beautiful English style garden and grove landscape on the shore of Vesijärvi.


Töyrylä Manor

For centuries Toyryla manor has been a family home; it has offered livelihood for several generations. The present manor building dating from 1904 has been both a home and a lavish venue for social gatherings.



Johan Richard Danielson-Kalmari (1853 - 1933) bought in 1892 a real estate called Suviniemi (‘Summer Cape') in Vääksy, Asikkala, where he spend all the summers with his family. Today, the neo-Renaissance style villa is both the Danielsson-Kalmari Museum and a summertime art exhibition room.


Historical museum

The Lahti Historical Museum used to be the main building of the Lahti Manor (built in 1897, architect Hjalmar Åberg). In addition to exchanging exhibitions, the museum includes a hall for scale models as well as a hall with themed exhibitions of the history of Lahti and the province of Päijät-Häme.