Sights and Attractions in Rimpi
The Rimpi Village has a big cultural and historical significance. A man called the Uljaska of Rimpi, a.k.a. Elias Ahtonen, lived there and served as the model for Väinämöinen in Akseli Gallen-Kallela’s iconic paintings and illustrations of Kalevala. Many enthusiastics of Carelia went through Rimpi on their way to Viena Carelia. There are many interesting attractions to see in the village although it is uninhabited at the moment. In summertime there are people living in the village.
Ala-Rimpi and Ylä-Rimpi (Lower and Upper Rimpi) houses are situated in the old property of the Uljaska of Rimpi, Elias Ahtonen, who served as the model of Väinämöinen in Akseli Gallen-Kallela’s iconic paintings and illustrations of Kalevala. Finnish soldiers burned Uljaska's carelian-styled house during the evacuation of the village in the Winter War. The people were forbidden to build again carelian-styled houses after the war in Finland's side of the border.