Structure: Cultural heritage in natural landscapes

There are many relics left in Finnish nature. Some are natural elements that have been considered sacred, whereas some are built structures. Sacred natural elements include for example seita (e. g. unusual rock formations, large rocks or trees), sacrificial stones, lakes (saivá) and springs or other sacred natural elements such as fells and groves.

Ancient built structures may be, for example, far-burning pits, borderlines, border stones and monuments that were used for worshipping and other religious or mythological practices. Other man-made relics are for example trading routes and fortresses. Cultural heritage is preserved also from the latest centuries. Many cultural landscapes with long unspoiled agricultural history have been conserved in recent years.

Metsähallitus is in charge of about 3 000 cultural heritage sites.


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