The Finnish National Composer Jean Sibelius (1865-1957)
The most important places and moments in the life of Sibelius have been collected together to form a travel route that reflects his path through life. The Path of Sibelius also provides an opportunity to catch a glimpse of Sibelius-era Finland, its colourful history and the landscapes that inspired the composer.
Sibelius moved to Helsinki to study in 1885. He achieved his greatest artistic triumphs in the Finnish capital, as well as starting a family and simply enjoying the joys of life. Helsinki is filled with memories of Sibelius.
Places connected to the life of Sibelius include the Great Hall of the University of Helsinki, the Esplanade and Kallio Cathedral. The route also includes Hämeenlinna, where the composer was born, Loviisa, where he spent his early summers, and Tuusula, where he composed most of his works and lived up until his death in 1957.
One of the most popular tourist attractions in Helsinki is the Sibelius Monument in the Taka-Töölö district.
Designed by Eila Hiltunen, the monument was unveiled in 1967 and comprises tubes resembling organ pipes welded from acid-resistant steel and an adjacent bust of the composer.