Ainola, situated by Lake Tuusula, is the old home of famed composer Jean Sibelius. The location was first discovered while skiing by painter Eero Järnefelt, Sibelius' brother-in-law. He told Sibelius, who fell in love with the scenery, and the building was constructed after designs by famous architect Lars Sonck. The house was completed in 1904 and named after Sibelius' wife, Aino. The main feature is the surrounding nature. Sibelius used to go for long walks in the woods, and also had a chair placed on a hill so he could look out over the lake, the neighbouring fields and the flying swans, searching for inspiration. The majestic forests of the area also featured strongly in Sibelius' art. The décor of the house has been kept as it was. The music scores, books and furniture are original, so you almost feel as if someone still lives here. The walls feature art by important Finnish painters Järnefelt, Edelfelt and Gallen-Kallela, all friends of Sibelius's. Th! e house is surrounded by a lovely but simple garden, also home to Jean and Aino Sibelius's gravestone.
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