Short blog today about one of my favorite facebook groups: Postikorttien Turku.
One of the reasons I write this blog is to try to get international students to know better Turku and its history. Because of the language difference, it can be hard to access information about Turku’s past. Beyond the major landmarks such as the castle and the cathedral, it can be hard to imagine how the city might have looked like a few decades ago. That is even more relevant when it comes to a few centuries ago.
More specifically, the case of Turku is particular in Finland. Due to collusion between promoters and city officials (the so-called ”Turku disease”), the urban landscape of Turku has gone through a lot in the last half-century. The city center and numerous historical buildings have been replaced by modern blocs of concrete.
This is why I find learning about Turku’s past even more relevant.
A glimpse to the past
Beyond the excellent Finnish language wikipedia, which provides a lot of information about the different historical landmarks, I find that pictures are usually the most captivating testimonies of what preceded us. As some say, a picture is worth a thousand words.
In any case, today I simply want to share with you one of the best places to get to know the old Turku better: Postikorttien Turku.
Literally ”post card Turku”, the group is a forum through which members can share photos of the old Turku. Though my understanding of Finnish is, to say the least, limited, I have found myself impressed by the amount and quality of the pictures shared.
With its almost 18,000 members, the comment section is also worth a look. Mysterious locations are quickly identified, and destroyed buildings are brought back to life. The pictures posted also include family photos, and other witnesses of other eras.
In fact, the nature of the groups allows its content to cover more or less all of Turku’s documented past, from the middle ages, up until more recent times.
A wonderful opportunity to learn more
Beyond learning Finnish or Swedish, I think that getting to know more about one’s place of residence is definitely worth doing. In the case of Turku, Postikorttien Turku is a great place to start!