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Elias Lönnrot worked as a district and castle physician in Kajaani in 1833-1853. He travelled far and wide from Kajaani to do vaccination rounds but also collecting poetry in Karelia and compiled Kalevala, the national epic of Finland, in 1835 based on the poems he had written down. In 1834 and 1835 Elias Lönnrot lived in Hövelö cottage in Paltaniemi, actually on same grounds where Eino Leino was born. Elias Lönnrot and Eino Leino heritage is maintained also by a permanent photograph exhibition in Eino Leino House. Elias Lönnrot Centre was opened at the Old Town Hall in Kajaani on 2.7.2007. Elias Lönnrot and Eino Leino heritage is now cherished together in Eino Leino House.
Statue of Elias Lönnrot
A statue sculptured by Mauno Oittinen was erected in 1942 (on a pedestal 1940). The idea was to erect the sculpture in 1940, 100th anniversary of Kanteletar, but the outbreak of the Winter War delayed the plan. The memorial was then set up while the Continuation War was still raging on.
This is the very first memorial erected in honour of one individual in Kajaani and the whole of Kainuu.
The statue stands in the corner of Linnankatu and Brahenkatu, close to the castle ruins.
Lönnrot’s cottage and herb garden
Elias Lönnrot’s summer cottage, Hauhola on Hotel Kajaani grounds.
Elias Lönnrot Society laid out Lönnrot’s herb garden in summer 2009 at Lönnrot’s cottage, called Hauhola, which is the only one of its kind in Kajaani. A brochure was drawn up of the project. The herb garden quickly became also a tourist attraction.