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Ainola (Jean Sibelius House), Jarvenpaa

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Ainola, meaning "Aino's place", was the home of the composer Jean Sibelius, his wife Aino and their family from the autumn of 1904 until 1972. It stands on the scenic shores of Lake Tuusulanjärvi in Järvenpää, 38 kilometers north of Helsinki, the Finnish capital. It was designed by the famous architect Lars Sonck. The only requests Sibelius had for Sonck were to include both a lakefront view and a green fireplace in the dining room. Water pipes were never installed until after Sibelius died because he did not want the distraction while he was there composing.Its distance from the hustle and bustle of the nation's capital gave the composer the peace that he needed for his creative endeavours. Erik W. Tawaststjerna writes that "when Sibelius first left Helsinki, Järvenpää was to a large extent untouched countryside. Foals and sheep almost nosed their way into the house, and from time to time an elk majestically bestrode the grounds." There were also other artistic families living in the neighborhood who provided a lively social circle for the Sibelius family.Daily life in Ainola was documented by Sibelius’ private secretary Santeri Levas in the 1945 photographic book Jean Sibelius and His Home.Buildings around Ainola include the sauna and the family's personal workshop. Sibelius died at Ainola on September 20, 1957; he is buried in a garden there. His wife Aino lived in Ainola for the next twelve years until she died on June 8, 1969. She is buried there with her husband.
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  • Järvenpää when bus ride from bus terminal located in Kamppi shopping center underground station 10, that leaves only received 45 Highway North to 1 hour too, as the name suggests at the bus stop called "Ainola" left off. I saw forest House loved to hear you asked the way aunt walked, too ashamed to like eyes and nose for Sibelius.
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  • A wonderful home and a place where you have to each visit. Six-and a pine forest, surrounded by a wonderful garden with flowers, and founded by Aino Sibelius Apple trees, as well as a summer Cafe right next door. The coffee shop is exquisitely decorated with trendy furnishings. The great composer's spirit to roam here, Tuusulanjärven Energia swans flying over.
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  • With the passage of the Guide received a lot of detailed information about Jean Sibeiuksesta and Ainolassa his life. The tomb was an interesting detail. Herkulliiset coffee tasted Villa Only.
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  • My favourite composer's house. Sibelius. Greatest experience of my life
  • If you like Sibelius, visit this place to capture the spirit of his music. In winter, with the snow, the place is extremely beautiful.
  • Impossible to describe. One must visit to experience the magic of Ainola.
  • Great and unique museum about an amazing man
  • The limited area and interesting to watch that the children (3 and 6) section to pass through.
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