Sartenada's photo blog / Blog de foto de Sartenada

June 9, 2012

Bronze bells / Campanas de bronce / Cloches en bronze

In English:

Vaskikello or in English Bronze Bell, is one of my favorite service stations on the way to the North or to the South. The distance from Helsinki is 451 kilometers / 280 miles. The distance from the Arctic Circle is 386 kilometers / 239 miles. When approaching it one cannot bypass it, because huge goldplated bell invites for a visit.

To enjoy a hot nice cup of coffee and to ring the bells, yeas it is allowed, is cool experience. I do not know if it is a coincidence, but always when I visit Vaskikello, it rains. The owner of the place started their collection already in 1973. There is also a foundry. Well, again my words reveal nothing, so start to take look at my photos. Thank You stopping with me in this place thru my photos.

En español:

Vaskikello o en Español Campana de Bronce, es uno de mis favoritos de las estaciones de servicio en el camino hacia el norte o hacia el sur. La distancia es desde Helsinki 451 kilómetros o 280 millas. La distancia desde el Círculo Polar Ártico es 386 kilómetros o 239 millas. Cuando se acerca a ella no se puede ignorarla, porque un gran campana dorado invita para una visita.

Para tomar de una taza de café caliente y rico y después al tocar las campanas, sí eso está permitido, es una experiencia chido. No sé si es una coincidencia, pero siempre cuando visite a Vaskikello, llueve. El propietario del lugar comenzaba su colección ya en 1973. Hay también una fundidora. Bueno, de nuevo mis palabras no revelan nada, así que empiecen a tomar una vistazo a mis fotos. Muchas gracias parando conmigo en este lugar a través de mis fotos.

En francais:

Vaskikello ou en francais Cloche en bonze , est l’un de mes préférés des stations-service sur la route vers le nord ou le sud. La distance est de Helsinki 451 kilomètres ou 280 miles. La distance entre le cercle polaire arctique est 386 km ou 239 miles. Lorsque vous approchez d’elle ne peut pas l’ignorer, car une grande cloche d’or invite pour une visite.

Pour prendre une succulant tasse de café chaud, puis faire sonner les cloches, oui qui est autorisé, est un “jojo” expérience. Je ne sais pas si c’est une coïncidence, mais toujours quand je visite Vaskikello, il pleut. Le propriétaire du lieu a commencé sa collection en 1973. Il y a aussi une fonderie. Eh bien, encore une fois mes mots ne révèlent rien, alors commencez à jeter un oeil à mes photos. Merci beaucoup á arrêter en ce lieu à travers mes photos.

Bronze bells / Campanas de bronce / Cloches en bronze

Bronze bells / Campanas de bronce / Cloches en bronze

Bronze bells / Campanas de bronce / Cloches en bronze

Bronze bells / Campanas de bronce / Cloches en bronze

Bronze bells / Campanas de bronce / Cloches en bronze

Bronze bells / Campanas de bronce / Cloches en bronze

Bronze bells / Campanas de bronce / Cloches en bronze

Bronze bells / Campanas de bronce / Cloches en bronze

Bronze bells / Campanas de bronce / Cloches en bronze

Bronze bells / Campanas de bronce / Cloches en bronze

Bronze bells / Campanas de bronce / Cloches en bronze

Bronze bells / Campanas de bronce / Cloches en bronze

Bronze bells / Campanas de bronce / Cloches en bronze

Bronze bells / Campanas de bronce / Cloches en bronze

Bronze bells / Campanas de bronce / Cloches en bronze

Bronze bells / Campanas de bronce / Cloches en bronze

Bronze bells / Campanas de bronce / Cloches en bronze

Bronze bells / Campanas de bronce / Cloches en bronze

Bronze bells / Campanas de bronce / Cloches en bronze

Bronze bells / Campanas de bronce / Cloches en bronze

Bronze bells / Campanas de bronce / Cloches en bronze

Bronze bells / Campanas de bronce / Cloches en bronze

Bronze bells / Campanas de bronce / Cloches en bronze

Bronze bells / Campanas de bronce / Cloches en bronze

Bronze bells / Campanas de bronce / Cloches en bronze

Bronze bells / Campanas de bronce / Cloches en bronze

Bronze bells / Campanas de bronce / Cloches en bronze

Bronze bells / Campanas de bronce / Cloches en bronze

Bronze bells / Campanas de bronce / Cloches en bronze

Bronze bells / Campanas de bronce / Cloches en bronze

Bronze bells / Campanas de bronce / Cloches en bronze

Bronze bells / Campanas de bronce / Cloches en bronze

Bronze bells / Campanas de bronce / Cloches en bronze

Bronze bells / Campanas de bronce / Cloches en bronze

Bronze bells / Campanas de bronce / Cloches en bronze

Bronze bells / Campanas de bronce / Cloches en bronze

Bronze bells / Campanas de bronce / Cloches en bronze

Bronze bells / Campanas de bronce / Cloches en bronze

Bronze bells / Campanas de bronce / Cloches en bronze

Bronze bells / Campanas de bronce / Cloches en bronze

Bronze bells / Campanas de bronce / Cloches en bronze

Bronze bells / Campanas de bronce / Cloches en bronze

Bronze bells / Campanas de bronce / Cloches en bronze

Bronze bells / Campanas de bronce / Cloches en bronze

Bronze bells / Campanas de bronce / Cloches en bronze

Bronze bells / Campanas de bronce / Cloches en bronze

Bronze bells / Campanas de bronce / Cloches en bronze

Bronze bells / Campanas de bronce / Cloches en bronze

Bronze bells / Campanas de bronce / Cloches en bronze

Bronze bells / Campanas de bronce / Cloches en bronze

Bronze bells / Campanas de bronce / Cloches en bronze

Bronze bells / Campanas de bronce / Cloches en bronze

Bronze bells / Campanas de bronce / Cloches en bronze

Bronze bells / Campanas de bronce / Cloches en bronze

Bronze bells / Campanas de bronce / Cloches en bronze

Bronze bells / Campanas de bronce / Cloches en bronze

Bronze bells / Campanas de bronce / Cloches en bronze

Bronze bells / Campanas de bronce / Cloches en bronze

Bronze bells / Campanas de bronce / Cloches en bronze

Bronze bells / Campanas de bronce / Cloches en bronze

Bronze bells / Campanas de bronce / Cloches en bronze

Bronze bells / Campanas de bronce / Cloches en bronze

Bronze bells / Campanas de bronce / Cloches en bronze

Bronze bells / Campanas de bronce / Cloches en bronze

Bronze bells / Campanas de bronce / Cloches en bronze

Bronze bells / Campanas de bronce / Cloches en bronze

Bronze bells / Campanas de bronce / Cloches en bronze

Bronze bells / Campanas de bronce / Cloches en bronze

Bronze bells / Campanas de bronce / Cloches en bronze

Bronze bells / Campanas de bronce / Cloches en bronze

Bronze bells / Campanas de bronce / Cloches en bronze

Bronze bells / Campanas de bronce / Cloches en bronze

Bronze bells / Campanas de bronce / Cloches en bronze

Bronze bells / Campanas de bronce / Cloches en bronze

Bronze bells / Campanas de bronce / Cloches en bronze

Bronze bells / Campanas de bronce / Cloches en bronze

Bronze bells / Campanas de bronce / Cloches en bronze

Bronze bells / Campanas de bronce / Cloches en bronze

Bronze bells / Campanas de bronce / Cloches en bronze

Bronze bells / Campanas de bronce / Cloches en bronze

Bronze bells / Campanas de bronce / Cloches en bronze

Bronze bells / Campanas de bronce / Cloches en bronze

Bronze bells / Campanas de bronce / Cloches en bronze

Bronze bells / Campanas de bronce / Cloches en bronze

Bronze bells / Campanas de bronce / Cloches en bronze

Bronze bells / Campanas de bronce / Cloches en bronze

Bronze bells / Campanas de bronce / Cloches en bronze

Bronze bells / Campanas de bronce / Cloches en bronze

Vaskikello 2007

52 Comments »

  1. I wonder how clever you are! you give details with a camera which is as clever as its owner. I’m visiting Finland next month and I wish I could see such lovely places.

    Comment by Hussein Omar — June 9, 2012 @ 13:16 | Reply

    • Hello Hussein.

      Thank You very much for Your compliments. In a way You are right. I started to take digital photos in 2004 with my 5 megapixel camera from churches and very soon I noticed that general view shots need also detailed photos.

      You are welcome to my country and from my blog You find many interesting places, beautiful landscapes, towns with old wooden houses art, special museums, historic sites or nearly whatsoever.🙂

      Happy Saturday!

      Comment by Sartenada — June 9, 2012 @ 14:01 | Reply

  2. What beautiful bells! I really like your comment about it raining when you go there. But it’s lovely even in the rain…

    Comment by megtraveling — June 9, 2012 @ 14:22 | Reply

    • Hi Megtravelling.

      Thank You. Well, I said it with a smile on my lips. .)

      Have a wonderful week-end!

      Comment by Sartenada — June 9, 2012 @ 14:27 | Reply

  3. Great documentation of all the bells. I would ring them too.

    Comment by Bondseye — June 9, 2012 @ 14:29 | Reply

    • Hello Bondseye.

      I am happy that You like my post. Thank You for Your visit and comment.

      Happy week-end!

      Comment by Sartenada — June 9, 2012 @ 14:31 | Reply

  4. What an amazing collection of bells! The bell in the first bell is absolutely stunning. I can understand why you stop even if it is raining. The decorations on some of the bells are beautifully detailed. I like the Chinese bell as well. Thanks for a fascinating post.

    Comment by seniorhiker — June 9, 2012 @ 16:14 | Reply

    • Hi George.

      I am glad that You like these bells. Yes, the collection is huge. Thank You for Your comment.

      Happy Sunday!

      Comment by Sartenada — June 10, 2012 @ 07:32 | Reply

  5. So many bells. This person must have collected them over years. Can you imagine the noise on a busy day with tourists ringing the bells? It must drive the owners crazy! Very unique collection.

    Comment by wordsfromanneli — June 9, 2012 @ 17:24 | Reply

    • Hello Anneli.

      Well, there are signs here and there like “Pianissimo” meaning softly when ringing some bells. One sign can be seen in my previous post from this place when I visit it in 2007; the second photo shows the sign. Thank You for Your visit and comment.

      Have lovely Sunday!

      Comment by Sartenada — June 10, 2012 @ 07:38 | Reply

  6. Wow, so many beautiful bells. Your blog is very interesting 🙂

    Comment by Northern Narratives — June 9, 2012 @ 20:39 | Reply

    • Hello Northern Narratives.

      Thank You for Your kind words. I am happy that my post pleased You.

      Happy Sunday!

      Comment by Sartenada — June 10, 2012 @ 07:40 | Reply

  7. Great story in pictures! That huge gold bell would make me stop too. It is quite a collection. I would just love to hear them ing and it would be extra special to get to ring one!

    Comment by montucky — June 10, 2012 @ 03:28 | Reply

    • Hi Terry.

      You are right when saying about ringing them. I am happy that You made a stop with me at this place thru my photos.

      Have a nice Sunday!

      Comment by Sartenada — June 10, 2012 @ 07:43 | Reply

  8. great pictures as usually, thanks for sharing😉 have a nice evening. chao

    Comment by gogolinchensonja — June 10, 2012 @ 18:19 | Reply

    • Hi Sonja.

      I am glad that You enjoyed my photos.

      Have wonderful day!

      Comment by Sartenada — June 11, 2012 @ 06:28 | Reply

  9. Some of those bells looked like Christmas bells. What an interesting place. You even have the Japanese bell that we have here in the islands. I think my favorite though was the wolf. Poor guy, even with his fierce face it did no good. He was still killed.

    Comment by kareninhonolulu — June 10, 2012 @ 22:00 | Reply

    • Hello Karen.

      I am very happy that You did find something interesting among my photos. The wolf was inside the café and I asked a permission to photograph it.

      Have a lovely day!

      Comment by Sartenada — June 11, 2012 @ 06:40 | Reply

  10. OMG. The golden bell is extraordinary.

    Matti, you and your lovely Anja certainly get around!

    Great photos as always! I only wish I could accompany you two on your jaunts. Oh, the fun we’d have.

    Comment by Deli Lanoux, Ed.D. — June 11, 2012 @ 02:06 | Reply

    • Hi Deli.

      Thank You for Your comment. Armchair travel is also nice and photos offer the “possibility of dreams”.

      Have a wonderful day!

      Comment by Sartenada — June 11, 2012 @ 06:44 | Reply

  11. Wow! What an amazing journey and discovery. These bells are amazing. Love the handpainted ones with images that inspires our faith. Beautiful images. Thanks.

    Comment by island traveler — June 11, 2012 @ 09:13 | Reply

    • Hi Island traveler.

      Thank You leaving Your comment. I love also those hand painted images on them.

      Happy day!

      Comment by Sartenada — June 11, 2012 @ 11:40 | Reply

  12. Thank you for the exceptional photos. You certainly have an eye for the “Exceptional”. I am instantly reminded of the lovely Finnish music, KONEVITSAN KIRKONKELLOT (The Church Bells of Konevitsa). When it is played on the Kantele, it almost sounds like the real bells.
    Thank you again,
    Clive Anderson

    Comment by Clive and Adi Anderson — June 11, 2012 @ 10:46 | Reply

    • Hello Clive and Adi.

      I am so glad that You visited my site and left Your comment.

      I know very well that song called Konevitsan kellot (church bells of Konevitsa). There are many versions of it. I give here the link of the version which I have listened in my Youth. It is from 1975 and presented by Piirpauke. This version differs from that played with Kantele. Some like it, some not, but I like it.

      Have a wonderful day!

      Comment by Sartenada — June 11, 2012 @ 11:47 | Reply

  13. Very imaginative and unusual use of bells here! I love the clock over the telephone box. And the street lights! There must be a lot of noise from all the bells when there are many visitors?!

    Comment by Truels — June 11, 2012 @ 14:48 | Reply

    • Hi Truels.

      I have not been there during tourist season, but the sign Pianissimo is Italian word, meaning “very soft”. So, people obey it, I suppose. Thank You for Your comment.

      Happy Monday!

      Comment by Sartenada — June 11, 2012 @ 15:09 | Reply

  14. What a gorgeous collection of bells… I have really enjoyed this series Matti ! Fantastic work !
    Have a lovely day🙂

    Comment by Tamara — June 11, 2012 @ 21:18 | Reply

    • Hi Tamara.

      Thank You Tamara.

      Have a lovely day!

      Comment by Sartenada — June 12, 2012 @ 06:31 | Reply

  15. Wow, what a collection! It’s hard to believe that’s all at a service station!

    Comment by Elle — June 12, 2012 @ 15:02 | Reply

    • Hello Michelle.

      Thank You for visit and comment. Yes, it is true indeed. On the other side of the road there a service station, new service station of a big chain which stations are spread all over in Finland. It is a pity that many clients want visit the bigger service station, hmm, maybe more modern service station at same time also, than this cozy one. I will continue visit this “Bell Service Station”.🙂 I’m stubborn in this case. LOL.

      Have wonderful day!

      Comment by Sartenada — June 12, 2012 @ 15:16 | Reply

  16. What a great collection. And not only good fun to ring the bells, but some of them are very beautiful too. I know I would want to stop off there if I were passing close by!
    Wishing you a good week Matti,
    Janice.

    Comment by Janice — June 12, 2012 @ 16:28 | Reply

    • Hello Janice.

      Thank You for Your comment and I am glad that You like photo series; so nice to read it.

      Happy Wednesday!

      Comment by Sartenada — June 13, 2012 @ 06:30 | Reply

  17. This is the most unusual collection I’ve ever seen or heard of! You find the most wonderful things to photograph!
    I watched the video you posted for Clive and Adi, and I liked the music very much. Was this a folk tale being depicted?

    Comment by Heart To Harp — June 12, 2012 @ 22:51 | Reply

    • Hello Janet.

      Thank You for Your kind words. I am glad that You liked that music too. In that video there are scenes from a movie called Sampo. Sampo is found in our 19th century Finnish epic poem called Kalevala. Wikipedia says: “Kalevala has been translated into sixty-one languages and is Finland’s most translated work of literature”. Church bells of Konevitsa music track; Konevitsa is an Orthodox Monastery of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The island has belonged to Finland before the WW2. The monks of that monastery moved to the interior of Finland and ended up joining the monks at the Orthodox Monastery of New Valamo from which I have excellent post.

      Monastery of New Valamo

      So bells of this post can cause an association with music. Church bells of Konevitsa is played by Kantele (Finnish harp) generally, but in this video it is played by Piirpauke which is multi-ethnic, folk, jazz and ethno combining band and to me it has great impact. I hope that You understand this; wasn’t so easy to put here my thoughts.

      Have a lovely day!

      Comment by Sartenada — June 13, 2012 @ 07:11 | Reply

      • The pictures of the Monastery of New Velamo are amazing! Such beautiful icons, metal work, carving. Your photos capture the feeling of this being a very ancient and holy place.
        Thank you for the story of the music. And I understood you perfectly! I am awed that you blog in three languages that are not your native language. Some days I can barely express my thoughts in English, the one and only language I am supposed to be able to speak!

        Comment by Heart To Harp — June 15, 2012 @ 04:24 | Reply

        • Hi Janet.

          I am very glad that You checked my post presenting the Monastery of New Valamo. That monastery is very near to my heart and I have visited there many times and even passing one night there. It was awesome.

          Thank You for language talk. Languages are my hobby. I was very poor with many languages in school. In our school I was learning Swedish, English, French and German. I learned Swedish the best. Because Finland is a bilingual country, I thought that I need it when I start working. It was an illusion. I needed it only once during my nearly 40 years working career in my airline company Finnair. Spanish I learned when I was working few months in Spain at Canary Islands.

          Thank You for Your kind comment.

          Have a lovely Friday!

          Comment by Sartenada — June 15, 2012 @ 06:30 | Reply

  18. Wow. Very interesting.

    Comment by Russel Ray Photos — June 13, 2012 @ 08:09 | Reply

    • Hi Ray.

      Thank You stopping by and leaving Your comment. I am glad that You like my photos.

      Happy day!

      Comment by Sartenada — June 13, 2012 @ 08:23 | Reply

  19. How wonderful to be able to post in different languages – I will be following to practice my French!

    Comment by frenchfry36 — June 13, 2012 @ 09:56 | Reply

    • Hello Nola.

      You are welcome to follow my posts. I am posting only once a week, but my post are “quality” posts, I suppose. I try every time to find a variety of themes. This summer, there will be posts like Beading, Quilting, Lake cruising, Church ships, Giant’s potholes, Flowers in our Northern garden etc.

      Have a wonderful day!

      Comment by Sartenada — June 13, 2012 @ 14:35 | Reply

      • Quality is always better than quantity🙂

        Comment by frenchfry36 — June 13, 2012 @ 19:24 | Reply

        • Hi Frenchfry36.

          Well, I agree Your opinion when we talk generally about for example gadgets, clothes, cars etc. but in this case my opinion is no. If there would be only one high quality bell to be presented and for ringing, would it be better in this case these all?🙂

          Thank You for Your comment and opinion.

          Have a wonderful day!

          Comment by Sartenada — June 14, 2012 @ 06:41 | Reply

          • I was actually referring to the quantity of blogposts, not of bells!

            Comment by frenchfry36 — June 14, 2012 @ 07:43 | Reply

            • Hi Nola.

              Oh, I see, that was very kindly said. Thank You.

              “Belle journée”.

              Comment by Sartenada — June 14, 2012 @ 10:20 | Reply

  20. The bells are gorgeous! Especially the painted ones!

    Comment by Ducky's Always Hungry — June 13, 2012 @ 18:17 | Reply

    • Hi Alisa.

      I am glad that You made a visit on my site. Thank You leaving Your comment.

      Have a wonderful day!

      Comment by Sartenada — June 14, 2012 @ 06:12 | Reply

  21. I always love your photos…each time I feel like I am there looking with you.

    Comment by TBM — June 17, 2012 @ 09:19 | Reply

    • Hi TBM.

      Your comment was so nice reading to me. It seems that I have succeeded with my photos. Thank You very much.

      Have a wonderful day!

      Comment by Sartenada — June 17, 2012 @ 10:05 | Reply

  22. the bells are GORGEOUS!!!

    Comment by ashkitty — June 17, 2012 @ 20:41 | Reply

    • Hi Ashkitty.

      I am so glad that You visited my site and left Your comment. Thank You.

      Have a wonderful day!

      Comment by Sartenada — June 18, 2012 @ 06:57 | Reply

  23. i like the phone-booth one !

    Comment by betunada — January 27, 2016 @ 21:33 | Reply


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