Hämeensilta - 1929 - Tampere, Finland
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member marcius
N 61° 29.880 E 023° 45.800
34V E 647080 N 6821376
Quick Description: Hämeensilta is a bridge in Tampere, Finland, crossing the Tammerkoski rapids.
Location: Finland
Date Posted: 2/1/2020 1:52:12 PM
Waymark Code: WM121FH
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member wayfrog
Views: 1

Long Description:

The main street of Tampere, Hämeenkatu, runs along the bridge, connecting the Kyttälä district to the western parts of the city center. Hämeensilta is one of the city's best known landmarks, especially famous for the statues on the rails of the bridge. The arches of the bridge are made of concrete and they are coated with a red granite. The 68-metre-long (223 ft) Hämeensilta was completed in 1929. It is named after the Finnish name of the Tavastia province.


HISTORY

The first known bridge crossing the Tammerkoski was built in the 16th century as the area was a part of the Messukylä socken. As the town of Tampere was established in 1779, the wooden bridge was finally replaced with a steel structured in 1884. During the early 1900s, Tampere was rapidly growing and the present Hämeensilta was built in 1928–1929. The 1900 completed Satakunnansilta is the other large bridge crossing Tammerkoski in the Tampere city center.


SCULPTURES

The 4.5 metres (15 ft) tall bronze statues were donated by the local businessman Rafael Haarla and made by the prominent Finnish sculptor Wäinö Aaltonen. One is a female figure of the Finnish Maiden, while the other three, the Tax Collector, the Merchant and the Hunter, are describing Medieval birkarls. The Maiden of Finland is featured on a postage stamp and in 1939 it was on display at the World's Fair in New York City.

Date built or dedicated as indicated on the date stone or plaque.: 1929

Date stone, plaque location.: Northwest

Road, body of water, land feature, etc. that the bridge spans.: Tammerkoski rapids

Parking (safe parking location): N 61° 29.925 E 023° 45.600

Website (if available): Not listed

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