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One of the unified historical wooden town centres in Finland is the old town of Tammisaari (Swedish: Ekenäs), also called Barken spit. Part of the houses are from the 18th century. The area is like a living museum. When you walk in the narrow alleys there, you almost feel like entering into the past in your mind. The houses are well maintained and if you look inside the ports, you will see beautiful little gardens. The old town centre is protected from new building.

The photo is shows one of those alleys, the name of which is "Linvävaregatan" meaning "Linen weaver street". Most of the street names in the old town are names of craftsmen. The tourists had already left and there was a lovely sense of tranquillity. The weather was mostly cloudy, but the sun occasionally peeked through the clouds.

There are a handful of well-preserved old wooden town centres in Finland, although in many cities, especially in the biggest ones, the pressure of efficiency and economic aspects have caused the demolition of the old wooden houses. New and modern single houses are continuously built outside the town centres.

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