Statues - Hither & Thither

Finland
Helsinki
Uusimaa

Vanha kirkkopuisto
(Old Church Park)

Suomalaisten sotilaiden hauta

Finnish Soldiers' Grave

Memorial for the victims of the War of Independence
Erik Bryggman & Elias Ilkka
1920

Helsinki /  Suomalaisten sotilaiden hauta   Helsinki /  Suomalaisten sotilaiden hauta

Description

Black granite memorial with on the large sides two bas-reliefs, depicting horse-riding youths and a youth holding the harnesses of a horse. These reliefs are reminiscent of Greek art and perhaps based on the reliefs in the frieze of Parthenon in Athens. The Greek style reliefs are a choice with a symbolical content: in the early years of its independence Finland was likened to the small Greece fighting its gigantic eastern adversary, Persia.

On the smaller sides are texts and a list of names.

Helsinki - Suomalaisten sotilaiden hauta Helsinki - Suomalaisten sotilaiden hauta

Inscription(s)

Kaunis on, Isänmaa
Elo kuolo Sun Kasuojes
Eessä

Helppoa Nukkua on
Mullassa Maan Vappa- 

han

fallna för Finland
sönerna slumre
lugnt i den friköpta
Fädernejorden

O beautiful land of the Fathers,
For you in life and death,
How sweet it is to sleep in your free soil
kiitollis uudella helsingin kaupuncilta

med tack samhet av helsingfors stad

With gratitude from the City of Helsinki

War memorial - list of names

We have photos of the list(s) of fallen on this memorial. Contact us if you want to see these lists. (contact form)

Sculptors

Sources & Information

Tags

Location (N 60°9'56" - E 24°56'26")

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Item Code: fi120; Photograph: 1 July 2013
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