16., 17. Gates

Gates are a visible part of Old Rauma. Gates and fences separated public and private spaces. They also prevented farm animals from running off to the neighbours’ herb gardens on their way to the pasture.

The oldest town gate in Finland is known to locate in the Naola plot in Pappilankatu 35. The house located in the town’s northwestern border and the plot extended to Isomalminkatu by the toll fence. The gate’s timber poles suggest that the gate dates back to the 17th-18th century. Part of the gate may be older than the Naola house itself, which dates to the 18th century. The upper part of the gate frame is arched and it is made from a tree stump. Parts made of tree stump were often used the other way around in the lower parts of a gate. Covered gates were not continually exposed to the weather like the more lightly constructed gates, which is why they have remained in a better condition.

Another great gate is located in the Kukola plot in Isomalminkatu 4. The plot has a timbered longhouse which was probably built in the early 19th century. According to the reconstruction drawing from 1903, the house has remained unchanged after its extensions and reconstruction. Kukola’s gate has been renewed in early 1980s, and again in 1995 in accordance with Arvi Leikari’s design of 1910. It is said that the sun-related decorations in the fence and gate surrounding the plot were a statement on the war between Russia and Japan, which took place between 1904 and 1905.

Kukola’s gate is like the bright___________ in the sky.

Write the correct word in the poem (24) as well.

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Gate of Naol house in 1933. Photo: Jalmari Karhula, Rauma museum