Sofia Magdalena church, Ruovesi Kirkkotie 1. The church was built in 1778. It was designed by Matti Åkerblom. The church has space for about 1,100 people. Murole church is open by agreement.
Church boats: two in the Ship wharf and one in the churchyard.
Ryövärinkuoppa, Siikakankaantie 414. A trail measuring half a kilometre in length passing through a lush open spring and surrounded by a wide range of plant species. The area’s name, which translates as the Bandit’s Hole, originates from its reputation as a hideout for bandits in ancient times. The lush valley contains streams with trees knocked down by beavers. It is a conservation area.
Runeberg’s spring, a spring at the end of the Runebergintie road, which branches off Ruovedentie at plot number 12. The spring is one of Finland’s major natural history sights and was a meeting place even before Runeberg’s time. J. L. Runeberg lived in Ruovesi and worked as a home teacher. His poem, Vid en Källa (At a Spring), was inspired by this spring. The poetry trail is an atmospheric trail about 600 metres long going from Runeberg’s spring (Ruovedentie/Runebergintie) to the ship wharf (Laivarannantie 5).
The Museum road, Peräkunnantie, is an intact monument to peasant road and bridge building. The road branches off from the Kuru–Ruovesi road where Main Road 66 turns. There are signs on both sides of the road.
Ollinkivi is Finland’s first conservation area protected in accordance with the Nature Conservation Act of 1923. The glacial erratic was subject to preservation in 1924. The rock is located on the right-hand side of the road, about 250 metres from the Siikaneva car park. The road from Orivesi to Ruovesi used to travel past Ollikivi. This stretch of road was known as the “bad verst” because the road contains 40 hills. According to a tale in Zacharias Topelius’ Talvi-iltain tarinat (“Winter evening stories”) the rock on the edge of the slope will slide down onto any passer-by who is a traitor.
Ruovesi tourist information 5 June–20 August, open daily 11am–6pm. Tel: +358 44 787 1388.
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