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November 6, 2014

Statues of Paupers1 / Estatuas de pobres1 / Statues de miséreux1 / Estátuas de pobre-homem1

In English:

Those who have not seen my previous posts presenting historical wooden Poor-man (pauper) statues in their original surroundings, to them it is difficult to understand these unique wooden statues at first. These pauper statues are found mainly on the area called Ostrobothnia in Finland. They are part of our cultural heritage. What they are, why man made them, what is their history and how many of them exist? All these questions are replied in my next three posts.

Since I saw the first one nearly ten years ago, I felt sympathy to them. They were so cute and well made. Seeing those statues later after years, many of them were in bad condition, I came sad. I saw that time and hard weather had left marks on them. I asked myself if anybody takes care of them, because they needed urgent restoration. In 2013 there was an exhibition of paupers in world’s biggest wooden church in Kerimäki presenting 42 paupers collected around Finland. In this exhibition some paupers were restored and some in their original conditions.

According to the latest calculations there are 145 paupers from which 107 (poor-man statues) + 1 (poor-woman statue) in active service, meaning collecting money to the poor. The rest of them are found in local museums around Finland. Total number of them is calculated to been about 180. In Sweden there are only nine paupers left.

Background:

All this began in 1649 (at that time Finland was under administration of Sweden) when Swedish queen Kristina (1629 – 1689) gave order to make money collection logs. In Europe wars raged around and many soldiers wounded in wars losing foot or arm. When wounded in this way they had to return to their home. These money collection-logs were modified to pauper (poor-man) statues by local artists. They were placed usually beside church doors and on the walls of bell towers. Man built for them small wooden shelter to protect them sun shine, direct rain and snow. In recent years many churches moved them into porches. So, many pauper statues present men missing hand, foot or even ear having models from solders maimed in wars. Man must remember that in the 1700, 1800 and 1900 century people were very poor, but they visited church every Sunday faithfully. I think that these pauper statues were great start for modern help of the poor (social security).

Pauper statues have moneybox in their chest and to put coins into them there is a slot in the chest. In general the Finnish people are honest and this means that there a few robberies against the pauper statues Robberies have happened, yes indeed. Latest robbery happened in 2013 when the whole pauper statue in Rautio was stolen. It was found after winter in a ditch. The lock and money were missing, but the statue was in good condition. Also the pauper of Alavieska has been robbed many times. In addition to these robberies, there has been small mischief’s like removing hands. Many paupers have beside them a written small phrase. Although the text might differ from others, the main idea is: “he who has mercy on the poor, lends to the Lord”.

In the exhibition in Kerimäki church the oldest pauper statue is from the late 1600s from Hauho. The biggest pauper statue is huge modern statue from 2012. I have two photos from it at the end of my last post. The smallest is from Särkisalo church. The most special looking pauper is from Kaarlela (1784). Anyway it was great to see pauper statues in one place; more awesome it is to admire them in their own surroundings.

En español:

En el verano de 2013 hubo una exposición de estatuas de pobre-hombre en la iglesia de madera más grande del mundo. Por favor, lea más abajo.

Historia de pobres hombres tallada en madera y la estatua estatua de pobrecita mujer.

Hay 107 estatuas de pobre hombres y una estatua de pobrecita mujer.

Al manejar mi carro alrededor en mi país, sacando fotos de las iglesias he encontrado algunas estatuas raras al lado de iglesias o campanarios. Ellos eran hombres o mujeres, y siempre sus mano o el pie había desaparecido, pero de todos modos esos estatues veía bien. Al examinar más de cerca encontré un hueco en ellos. Entonces entendí que se puede poner dinero en el hueco y dentro hay una cajita. ¿Por qué estos cajas / estatuas en madera de pobre hombres mendigos, se han creado, ¿cuándo?

Todo esto empieza en 1649 cuando la reina Cristina de Suecia dio la orden para hacer los leños de los pobres y ponerlos al lado de las puertas de las iglesias, campanarios o algunos lugares públicos. Pronto los leños de los pobres fueron modificados para estatuas de pobre hombre par artistas locales en Finlandia. En ese tiempo Finlandia estaba bajo la administración de Suecia. En Europa guerras devastó todos partes en Europa y muchos soldados heridos mismos perdiendo su pie o el brazo. Cuando heridos de esta manera ellos tuvieron que regresar a su casa.

En el 1700, 1800 y 1900 la gente del siglo era muy pobre, pero ellos visitaron la iglesia todos los domingos fielmente, así el lugar natural para esas estatuas pobres-el hombre estaba fue junto a iglesias o campanarios. Tal vez estas estatuas de pobres hombres ayudó a los más pobres, por supuesto, no existen estadicas.

En francais:

En été 2013 il y avait une exposition de statues de pauvres-hommes dans la plus grande église en bois du monde. S’il vous plaît, lire la suite en dessous.

Histoire de statues sculptées en bois de pauvre-homme et de pauvre-femme statue.

Il ya 107 statues de pauvre-hommes et une statue pauvre femme.

Lorsque je conduisais autour dans mon pays pour prendre des photos des églises sur la campagne, j’ai trouvé quelques statues particulières à côté des églises ou des campaniles. Ils étaient des hommes ou des femmes et dont toujours la main ou le pied les manquait, mais de toute façon ces statues avaient l’air si bien. Lorsque en examinant les de plus près, j’ai trouvé une fente. Puis j’ai réalisé que l’on peut mettre des pièces à l’intérieur dans la fente du bûche. Pourquoi ces pauvres bûches / pauvre-homme de bois / bois statues mendiants ont été mis en place, quand?

Tout cela commence 1649 quand Christine de Suède a donné l’ordre de faire les pauvres bûches et de les mettre à côté des portes d’église, clochers ou de certains lieux publics. Bientôt ces pauvres bûches ont été modifiés pour homme pauvres statues par des artistes locaux en Finlande. En ce moment la Finlande était sous l’administration de la Suède. Les guerres faisaient rage autour de l’Europe et nombreux soldats blessés ont perdu le pied ou le bras. Lorsque blessés de cette façon ils devaient retourner à leur domicile.

Dans les années 1700, 1800 et 1900 les gens était très pauvres, mais ils ont visité l’église chaque dimanche fidèlement, de sorte que, le lieu naturel pour ces statues de pauvres-hommes était à côté des églises ou des campaniles. Peut-être ces statues de pauvres-hommes ont aidé les plus pauvres, mais des statistiques, ils existent pas bien sûr.

Em Português:

No Verão de 2013 houve uma exposição de estátuas de pobre-homem de madeira na maior igreja de madeira do mundo. Por favor, lede vós mais abaixo.

História dos estátuas de pobre-homem de madeira entalhada e uma estátua de pobre-mulher.

Há 106 estátuas de pobre-homem e uma estátua de pobre-mulher.

Conduzindo por aí e tirando fotos de igrejas, Encontrei algumas estátuas peculiares ao lado de igrejas ou ao lado ou campanários ou ao lado de alguns lugares públicos. Eles eram homens ou mulheres, e sempre a sua mão ou o pé estava faltando, mas de qualquer maneira
essas estátuas pareciam bem. Ao examiná-los mais de perto eu achava uma ranhura neles. Depois percebi que se pode colocar moedas na fenda e lá dentro é uma caixa. Por que os mendigos estátuas de madeira foram criados, e quando?

Tudo isso começa em 1649, quando a Kristina rainha sueca deu uma ordem para fazer troncos pobres e colocar-los ao lado de portas da igreja, ao lado das campanários ou ao lado dos alguns lugares públicos. Logo esses pobres-troncos foram modificados para estátuas de pobre-homem por artistas locais na Finlândia. Naqueles dias Finlândia estava sob a administração da Suécia. Na Europa, as guerras se desenrolava ao redor e muitos soldados feridos na perda de um pé de um braço. Quando feridos, desta forma eles tiveram que voltar para suas casas.

No século 1700, 1800 e 1900 pessoas estavam muito pobre, mas eles visitaram as igrejas, todos os domingos fielmente, Consequentemente o lugar natural para as estátuas de pobre-homems estava ao lado das igrejas ou ao lado das campanários. Talvez essas estátuas de pobre-homem ajudavam os mais pobres, mas nenhuma estatística fica – claro.

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Marijärvi

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Kuhmalahti

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Kaarlela

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Ylistaro

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Alaveteli

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Ikaalinen

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Kauhajärvi

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Muhos

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Hauho

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World’s biggest wooden church / Iglesia de madera más grande del mundo / Plus grande église en bois du monde

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73 Comments »

  1. Thanks for next great post! Beautiful photos story, interesting and educative text! I like it🙂 Have a nice day. Kamila

    Comment by Kamila Pala — November 6, 2014 @ 09:02 | Reply

    • Hi Kamila.

      How nice to read Your kind comment. I am very glad that You loved my post. Thank You.

      Have a great day!

      Comment by Sartenada — November 6, 2014 @ 11:59 | Reply

  2. How cute church! I’m so impressed tragic history of pauper statues…

    Comment by superkamui — November 6, 2014 @ 12:26 | Reply

    • Hello Superkamui.

      The church of Kerimäki world’s biggest wooden church. There are pews for 5000 persons! I have the link to it after photos. In this my old post I show it inside outside and having photos from its bell tower presenting surrounding landscapes.

      Personally I love there poor-man statues very much. They are something which must be seen when in Finland. Thank You for Your interest visiting my blog and commenting this post.

      こんばんは.

      Comment by Sartenada — November 6, 2014 @ 12:45 | Reply

  3. An interesting history lesson!

    Comment by Nenkin Seikatsu — November 6, 2014 @ 14:07 | Reply

    • Hi Nenkin Seikatsu.

      I am very glad that You loved it. History, culture and traditions – they are important for a man. Thank You commenting.

      こんばんは.

      Comment by Sartenada — November 6, 2014 @ 14:24 | Reply

  4. so interesting! thank you for the history on these. I especially like the last one that you show

    Comment by Karen Goad — November 6, 2014 @ 15:20 | Reply

    • Hi Karen.

      Thank You. I find the last one from Hauho very simpatico among these others. It was my favorite when I visited the show. Thank You commenting.

      Have a great day!

      Comment by Sartenada — November 7, 2014 @ 08:23 | Reply

  5. As the others said…very educational and amazing!

    Comment by Travel Spirit — November 6, 2014 @ 15:26 | Reply

    • Hello Sherry.

      Thank You. They are amazing even for many Finns and popular when visiting our churches.

      Have a wonderful day!

      Comment by Sartenada — November 7, 2014 @ 08:31 | Reply

  6. I loved seeing your photos of the statues, as I have your photos of them in the past. I especially liked your narrative with the explanations and other information. Wonderful post!

    Comment by montucky — November 6, 2014 @ 16:45 | Reply

    • Hi Terry.

      I am very happy for Your interest towards these statues. Thank You for Your kind comment.

      Happy Friday!

      Comment by Sartenada — November 7, 2014 @ 08:40 | Reply

  7. This is fascinating–I knew nothing about these statues. I love the folk art appeal of their look and the purpose they have served. I’m glad to hear there is a concern for restoring and protecting them!

    Comment by KerryCan — November 6, 2014 @ 17:00 | Reply

    • Hello Kerry.

      Thank You. I find these statues our cultural historic treasures which are worth for preserving for future generations and showing that history lives.

      Have a nice day!

      Comment by Sartenada — November 7, 2014 @ 08:45 | Reply

  8. Very interesting …
    Each statues has definitely different face.

    Comment by 洋子 — November 6, 2014 @ 17:08 | Reply

    • Hello Maatan.

      Thank You. Think that these wooden statues might have been ahead of its time when thinking about social work.🙂

      良い 週末!

      Comment by Sartenada — November 7, 2014 @ 10:51 | Reply

  9. I’m glad some of these poor man statues have been preserved and well taken care of. I like the individuality of each statue.

    Comment by seniorhiker — November 6, 2014 @ 17:26 | Reply

    • Hi George.

      I wish also that there will be some organization to keep them well preserved also in the future. On Tuesday the 4th in March this year I wrote to UNESCO World Heritage Centre telling about these pauper statues and showed photos about them, but they did not even bother to answer to me. Sigh!

      Happy Friday.

      Comment by Sartenada — November 7, 2014 @ 11:00 | Reply

  10. interesting story.
    If not read here, I did not know the meaning of these statues, Thank you.

    Comment by kanaconnie — November 6, 2014 @ 18:13 | Reply

    • Hello Connie.

      Life is learning and blogs are great source. Thank You for Your comment.

      良い 週末!

      Comment by Sartenada — November 7, 2014 @ 11:02 | Reply

  11. Belle histoire sur ces statues, merci à toi
    de nous les faire découvrir.. Jolie série.
    Je te souhaite une belle fin de semaine. Hervé

    Comment by vever02 — November 6, 2014 @ 19:41 | Reply

    • Bonjour Hervé.

      Mon cœur se réjouit de ton commentaire élogieux. Merci beaucoup.

      Belle fin de semaine à toi aussi.

      Comment by Sartenada — November 7, 2014 @ 11:32 | Reply

  12. Such an interesting story- the expressions on the statues, how they are each so different, is really something.

    Comment by Letizia — November 6, 2014 @ 23:20 | Reply

    • Hello Letizia.

      It is “natural” that they differs from each others although the idea is the same, because they are from different decades and models have varied from artist’s imagination or living model. Thank You visiting my post and leaving Your comment.

      Happy Friday!

      Comment by Sartenada — November 7, 2014 @ 11:45 | Reply

  13. I love the expressions on their faces. I have seen two of them “live”, the ones in Kuhmalahti and in Kuorevesi. Great photos!

    Comment by Tiny — November 7, 2014 @ 02:38 | Reply

    • Hi Tiny.

      Thank You for Your comment. It was nice surprise that You have seen the paupers of Kuhmalahti and Kuorevesi live. I visited the Kuhmalahti church in March the 6th, 2008, but it was closed then. Its bell tower is very beautiful. Here is the photo of : the Kuhmalahti bell tower

      Kuorevesi is unknown to me, never visited there.

      Happy weekend.

      Comment by Sartenada — November 7, 2014 @ 12:02 | Reply

  14. bonjour mon ami belle série de statues et belle histoire si on pense qu’elles ont aidé les plus pauvres c’est bien, elles sont toutes très originales bises bon vendredi MA

    Comment by AUDOLY-NOURIAN — November 7, 2014 @ 09:53 | Reply

    • Bonjour MA.

      Tes visites sur mon blog sont toujours un plaisir pour moi. Merci d’avoir faite le commmentaire si aimable.

      Passes un très bon week-end,bisous.

      Comment by Sartenada — November 7, 2014 @ 12:13 | Reply

  15. These are so interesting! Your close-up photos show the detail so nicely.

    Comment by Ann — November 7, 2014 @ 13:00 | Reply

    • Hello Ann.

      Very nice that You loved these. My aim was from the beginning to show general views and then coming closer with my camera. Thank You.

      Happy upcoming weekend.

      Comment by Sartenada — November 7, 2014 @ 13:04 | Reply

  16. Merci de m’avoir permis de découvrir ces statues et leur histoire🙂 Bon week-end!

    Comment by chantaki — November 7, 2014 @ 16:43 | Reply

    • Bonjour Chantaki.

      La joie est de mon côté. Je suis heureux que vous aimiez mon poste.

      Bon weekend á toi aussi!

      Comment by Sartenada — November 8, 2014 @ 11:51 | Reply

  17. What a fascinating topic, with such an interesting history to them. The statues are absolutely wonderful.

    Comment by chrissiedixie — November 7, 2014 @ 18:47 | Reply

    • Hi Chrissie.

      Very kind words. I am glad that You loved the true story. Thank You commenting.

      Happy weekend!

      Comment by Sartenada — November 8, 2014 @ 11:54 | Reply

  18. The first time I have met your blog (in 2012 I think )I remember your post being about Poor-man statues , and how fascinated I was by this theme!
    I’m so glad you’ll continue publishing othe posts on the matter and congratulations for your shots!

    Comment by 76sanfermo — November 7, 2014 @ 19:09 | Reply

    • Buongiorno Anna.

      Thank You. I am very happy when reading Your comment. In the third part of this series I’ll show to You one poor-man statue with many photos which has been visiting in Saluzzo, Rome and Vatican. Think about it!!! You just have to wait.🙂

      Felice fine settimana!

      Comment by Sartenada — November 8, 2014 @ 12:37 | Reply

  19. I had never heard of these before, so found your post absolutely fascinating. Wonderful photos of the statutes (and the church, too!). What a brilliant way to personalize almsgiving by making statutes that serve as stand ins for real people. Thanks for sharing these.

    Comment by pagedogs — November 7, 2014 @ 20:13 | Reply

    • Hi Pagedogs.

      Thank You for Your praising comment. Very nice that You learned something from my country.

      Happy weekend!

      Comment by Sartenada — November 8, 2014 @ 13:00 | Reply

  20. They are very special, very different and extremely expressive (as well as touching!), these poor-man statues. Matti, I liked it very much that you explained their history so detailed at the beginning!

    Kind regards and best wishes for the weekend!
    Michèle

    Comment by ladyfromhamburg — November 7, 2014 @ 20:16 | Reply

    • Hi Michèle.

      So nice to read that You remember these statues. Thank You for Your kind comment. I am very happy that You visited again my blog and this post, it warmed my heart.

      Schönes Wochenende!

      Comment by Sartenada — November 8, 2014 @ 13:41 | Reply

  21. This is a very interesting post with very good photos, the details are amazing. It is good that you photographed them before they deteriorate any further in the future.

    Comment by Tokeloshe — November 7, 2014 @ 23:11 | Reply

    • Hello Linda.

      Thank You loving this post. These statues are to me very dear and during future years my intention is to shoot more live photos from them.

      Happy weekend!

      Comment by Sartenada — November 8, 2014 @ 14:40 | Reply

  22. Merci pour cette belle histoire, ces statues sont émouvantes. Je vois que les statues sont retenues par des liens est ce pour qu’elles ne tombent pas ou pour qu’elles ne s’en aillent pas?
    Je vous souhaite à toit et ta femme un très bon week end🙂
    Bises

    Comment by Sophie L. — November 8, 2014 @ 13:10 | Reply

    • Bonjour Sophie.

      Merci beaucoup, j’suis ravi que cela te plaise. Eh bien, Les liens sont les originaux qui les ont été fixés au mur de l’église. Par conséquent, les vols de statues n’est pas plus faciles.

      Bon weekend. Bises.

      Comment by Sartenada — November 8, 2014 @ 14:35 | Reply

  23. This church in blue sky is good !
    Green roof is lovely !

    This woody humans have value of important.
    I trancerate your English.

    Comment by キース — November 9, 2014 @ 03:04 | Reply

    • Hello Keith.

      Thank You for Your comment. Translation is very understandable!

      すばらしい日を過してください。

      Comment by Sartenada — November 12, 2014 @ 08:20 | Reply

  24. According to the latest calculations there are 145 paupers from which 107 (poor-man statues) + 1 (poor-woman statue) in active service, meaning collecting money to the poor. The rest of them are found in local museums around Finland. Total number of them is calculated to been about 180. In Sweden there are only nine paupers left.

    Comment by medaka4841 — November 9, 2014 @ 21:49 | Reply

    • Hi Medaka4841.

      Thank You commenting my post.

      すばらしい日を過してください。

      Comment by Sartenada — November 12, 2014 @ 08:21 | Reply

  25. i continue to be impressed with your consummate attention to sharing your passion — and the research. it appears to me that you do not merely touch on a story or theme (yeah, as i usually do) but plunge into it — and interestingly, with plenty to look at.

    Comment by betunada — November 11, 2014 @ 05:51 | Reply

    • Hi Betunada.

      As You see, my country is quite “unknown” finally. So I love to share information about it to others and to show that here can be found something they have not been aware and not seen. Thank You for Your kind comment.

      Happy Tuesday!

      Comment by Sartenada — November 11, 2014 @ 08:14 | Reply

  26. These are so fascinating! I appreciate knowing about them.

    Comment by Sue Slaght — November 11, 2014 @ 17:23 | Reply

    • Hi Sue.

      So nice to read that You loved my post. Tank You commenting.

      Have wonderful day!

      Comment by Sartenada — November 12, 2014 @ 08:11 | Reply

  27. The statues are beautiful, eloquent and dignified. Your explanation and beautiful pictures are much appreciated. What a story!

    Comment by megtraveling — November 11, 2014 @ 23:52 | Reply

    • Hello Meg.

      Thank You for Your nice comment. I find it interesting that everyone differs from each other and thus being individuals.

      Have a great day!

      Comment by Sartenada — November 12, 2014 @ 08:17 | Reply

  28. What a moving collection, Sartenada! Though I have seen the Poor Men before on your posts I hadn’t fully realised their significance. You photograph them exquisitely and I find myself wanting to be there with those sad faces.

    Comment by restlessjo — November 12, 2014 @ 10:16 | Reply

    • Hi Johanna.

      I am so glad that You remembered my earlier posts. In this case it was nice to see them at same time with other statues and compare them. Thank You for Your praising comment.

      Have a great day!

      Comment by Sartenada — November 12, 2014 @ 11:41 | Reply

  29. Such an impressive post… Very informative. I appreciate that you share a more in depth approach regarding the historic context…
    I am now thinking that poverty is such a raw reality… and, sadly, it is that way everywhere.
    The photographs are stunning, as always dear Sartenada. Congratulations… All the best to you, Aquileana🙂

    Comment by Aquileana — November 13, 2014 @ 02:45 | Reply

    • Hi Aquileana.

      Thank You leaving praising comment. I appreciate it very much. Your comment encourage me to continue on this way.

      Have wonderful day!

      Comment by Sartenada — November 13, 2014 @ 08:16 | Reply

  30. Wonderful photos and an interesting story! Decades ago my grandfather restored the one that belongs to the church of Nurmo (Etela-Pohjanmaa region) so I knew a little bit of the history behind.

    Comment by Miia — November 13, 2014 @ 20:39 | Reply

    • Hi Miia.

      Thank You liking many of my posts and commenting this post. Wow, it was so nice to read that Your grandfather has restored the one of the church of Nurmo. The Nurmo church is very beautiful as also its bell tower. I have presented Nurmo church in 2013 with its Poor-man statue. Here is my post:

      Poor-man statues 12 / Estatuas de pobre hombre 12 / Statues de Pauvre Homme 12.

      Belle journée á toi.

      Comment by Sartenada — November 14, 2014 @ 08:22 | Reply

      • And Nurmo church is also where my parents got married🙂 (my mother is from Nurmo)
        The last time I went there it was for my grandmother’s funeral though.

        Bon weekend🙂 Snow in Finland? Grey in Paris but not cold.

        Comment by Miia — November 14, 2014 @ 17:17 | Reply

        • Hi Miia.

          So nice to read Your comment. I guess that You were delighted to see my photos from the Nurmo church. The weather has been during two last weeks rainy here in the Southern Finland, but in Lapland it has been cold on the both sides of -20ºC. At this moment in the Morning we have in Mikkeli -1ºC and sky is grey, but no rain is predicted.

          Bon wek-end!

          Comment by Sartenada — November 15, 2014 @ 09:15 | Reply

          • I thought it was an interesting topic to write about! And it is important to document this part of the history. Thanks!

            Grey in Paris too, around 12C I think. Wish it was colder🙂

            Enjoy the crispy weather!

            Comment by Miia — November 15, 2014 @ 15:03 | Reply

  31. Bonsoir Matti,
    Des styles finalement différents pour ces statues. Beaucoup semblent naïves et d’autres bien plus expressives, comme la dernière où on voit toute la misère du monde sur ce vieil homme.
    Bises et bon week-end, Matti.

    Comment by Marion B. — November 15, 2014 @ 01:13 | Reply

    • Bonjour Marion.

      Voici un commentaire vraiment sympa que j’ai reçu! Merci beaucoup. Eh bien, t’as raison. Moi j’aime aussi le statue de Hauho.

      Bon week-end á toi aussi. Bises.

      Comment by Sartenada — November 15, 2014 @ 09:21 | Reply

  32. Olá Matti,

    Continuo visitando seu blog e curtindo seus posts. Hoje passei para dizer que abri um blog no Tumblr, se quiser dar uma olhadinha…

    Valeu!

    Zé!

    Comment by Josenilton — November 19, 2014 @ 10:31 | Reply

    • Olá Zé.

      Obrigado por sua visita e comentário. Vou verificar o Tumblr.

      Saudações.

      Comment by Sartenada — November 19, 2014 @ 11:45 | Reply

  33. Excelente reportaje y muy interesante. Muchas gracias.

    Comment by Isabel Fernández Bernaldo de Quirós — December 6, 2014 @ 16:51 | Reply

    • Hola Isabel.

      Muchas gracias para ti al hacer un comentario tan amable. Me alegro de que te gusten mis fotos.

      ¡Que tengas un muy buen día!

      Comment by Sartenada — December 7, 2014 @ 09:58 | Reply

      • Gracias a ti, no sólo por las fotos sino por todo el esfuerzo que supone la información que das en varios idiomas.
        Que tengas una feliz semana.

        Comment by Isabel F. Bernaldo de Quirós — December 7, 2014 @ 23:53 | Reply

        • Hola Isabel.

          Me encanta tu comentario muchisíma. Bueno, me gustan idiomas y eso es porque estoy aprendiendo por ejemplo portugues hace un año. La mayoria de mis visitantes vienen del España, del Sud y Centro America buscando direntes cosas.

          ¡Que tengas un muy buen día!

          Comment by Sartenada — December 8, 2014 @ 08:48 | Reply

  34. VERY interesting! I would love to see some of these statues. I will keep in mind to remember them next time I visit Finland!

    Comment by amoralegria — October 21, 2015 @ 03:59 | Reply

    • Hi Amoralegria.

      I am glad that You would love to see one of these statues. Well, when next time here, tell me where You are gonna visit, so I tell you the nearest one.

      Have a great day!

      Comment by Sartenada — October 21, 2015 @ 07:21 | Reply


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