The explosion of Oulu

Oulun kaupunki

In 1793, Oulu Castle's powder cellar was struck by lightning. The powder cellar exploded and the whole castle flew into the sky. Some of the stones that flew from the castle flew as far as Pikisaari, one of which is said to have pierced the roof of a residential building and fell next to a child sleeping in a cradle. The child remained unharmed!

A commemorative plaque has been attached to the place to commemorate the incident.


Pikisaari is full of industrial history


Pikisaari has a long, 400-year industrial history. Towards the 1970s, however, the industry began to wane and finally stopped altogether. The island is located next to the city center in the Oulujoki estuary and is connected by three bridges to the city center and nearby islands. In the 17th century, there was a pitch manufactorer on the island, from which the island got its name.

Nowadays, the area of ​​Pikisaari is protected and it is especially known as a craftsman and artist district. Among other things, the area is home to the Pikisaari unit of the Oulu regional college, the Oulu Architects Guild, and artists' studios and art gallery activities in the premises of the old Wool Factory.

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