Town centre

Kristinestad - a small town on the western coast of Finland. The town was founded in 1649, trade and shipping began to grow rapidly in the 1800's. In the 19th century, the merchant fleet of Kristinestad was one of the largest in the country. Today, the city centre still reflects the centuries of tradition in a unique way. It can be felt when walking down the narrow streets of the grid plan between the well-preserved wooden houses that were spared from the flames.
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Wooden houses at Strandgatan/Rantakatu, Kristinestad/Kristiinankaupunki (Photo: Kajsa Snickars)

Wooden houses at Strandgatan/Rantakatu, Kristinestad/Kristiinankaupunki (Photo: Kajsa Snickars)

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Kristinestad is known for its many cats. Here is one fellow outside the Lebell Merchant House museum.   (Photo: Kajsa Snickars)

Kristinestad is known for its many cats. Here is one fellow outside the Lebell Merchant House museum. (Photo: Kajsa Snickars)

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Skyline. Kristinestad (fi: Kristiinankaupunki) is an idyllic town in western Finland, next to the sea. (Photo: Kajsa Snickars)

Skyline. Kristinestad (fi: Kristiinankaupunki) is an idyllic town in western Finland, next to the sea. (Photo: Kajsa Snickars)

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Kristiinankaupunki, Finland - one of the charming streets of this historic old town

Kristiinankaupunki, Finland - one of the charming streets of this historic old town

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Old wind mill  (Photo: Kajsa Snickars)

Old wind mill (Photo: Kajsa Snickars)

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A bike ride through Kristinestad's old wooden house area.  (Photo: Kajsa Snickars)

A bike ride through Kristinestad's old wooden house area. (Photo: Kajsa Snickars)

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The old part old Kristinestad, Finland

The old part old Kristinestad, Finland

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Kristiinankaupunki Old Church

Kristiinankaupunki Old Church

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the Ulrika Eleonora Church (1700) in winter.  (Photo: Kajsa Snickars)

the Ulrika Eleonora Church (1700) in winter. (Photo: Kajsa Snickars)

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Kristinestad, Finland. New Church

Kristinestad, Finland. New Church

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