The old church is surrounded by a graveyard, they buried victims of the plague epidemic in 1710, that is the origin of the name Ruttopuisto (Plague Park), the 48 remaining grave stones are from 1790-1829.

This is a very popular park for picnics due to its location in the center of Helsinki.

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  1. Very interesting Ritva. Believe it or not, I live close by to Eyam, the place where the plague started in the UK, and Ive never visited it! Ive always been fascinated though and must amend that asap. 😀

  2. M-R says:

    Does this mean that you far Northerners escaped the earlier waves of Plague ? – how about the 1438 one ?

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