Summer with Sibelius

Took a bit of summer leave today and went sightseeing with the kids. Upon their request we drove to Järvenpää and Ainola, the house of Jean Sibelius. Today it’s a museum, but it has been kept at its original state since the death of Sibelius’ wife Aino. Designed by well-known Finnish architect Lars Sonck, Ainola is an excellent example of the National Romantic style favoured by artists and dignitaries at the turn of the last century.

The house resides beautifully on a small hill overlooking green fields and Lake Tuusula.

The house resides beautifully on a small hill overlooking green fields and Lake Tuusula.

Aino Sibelius was a keen gardener and the results of her hard work can still be enjoyed today.

Aino Sibelius was a keen gardener and the results of her hard work can still be enjoyed today.

The sauna, an obligatory part of any Finnish household - in Sibelius' time as well as today.

The sauna, an obligatory part of any Finnish household – in Sibelius’ time as well as today.

Front side of the house. Svea and Tore on the stairs.

Front side of the house. Svea and Tore on the stairs.

Both the composer himself and his wife are buried on the grounds.

Both the composer himself and his wife are buried on the grounds.

More gorgeus, green and flowery views.

More gorgeus, green and flowery views.

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