Friday, July 5, 2013

Jean Sibelius in Helsinki

He is undoubtedly the biggest and most famous Finnish composer of all times: Jean Sibelius. To his honor a memorial was designed by Eila Hiltunen and built in 1967. This impressive monument consists of over 600 holow steel pipes arranged in a wave-like pattern to resemble his music. It is located in Töölö in a park also named after the great composer: The Sibelius Park.

The memorial is one of the big sights of the city and attracts visitors from all over the world every day. If you visit Helsinki make sure not to miss it.

Jean Sibelius bust at Sibelius Monument in Helsinki

And here is one small fun fact on Sibelius. Even though he is known as Jean he was actually born as Johan Julius Christian. For his family and friends though he was “Janne”, a very typical Finnish name. 

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