A wonderful park with a not so wonderful name

One of my favorite summer spots in Helsinki is the “Plague” park (“Ruttopuisto” or “Vanhan Kirkon puisto” in Finnish). It was here that the victims of the 1710 plague that devastated the city were buried, thus the name. Apart from its horrible history, this is by far one of the best places in the centre of Helsinki, where you can have a picnic and enjoy the long summer days, while doing some serious people-watching.

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Plague Park (Ruttopuisto), Helsinki, Finland

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