Virtual Sortavala – web page has been produced by North Karelian Museum and developed within ENPI CBC Euregio Karelia: Museum Hypertext – project in 2014. New material will be added and the site developed according to available resources.

Museum Hypertext is a groundbreaking project with the aim of connecting the cultural organizations of both Finnish and Russian Karelia through the means of modern technology. Virtual Sortavala is the first application to use Open Karelia –museum database, a system developed within the Museum Hypertext project. It is also the first joint database between Finnish North Karelian and Russian Karelian cultural memory organizations. The database gathered during 2014 will include material from museums across both Karelias.

The main goal of the site is to present Sortavala’s cultural heritage –its unique and currently decaying historical buildings– and through this the life of the city during both Finnish and Soviet/Russian ownership. The main sources of information used regarding the buildings and construction of Finnish Sortavala are Martti I. Jaatinen’s doctoral thesis about the building of Sortavala between 1643 and 1944, Sortavala 1939 plot and building database and three scale models located in North Karelian Museum, of which the most important one regarding this project has been the one of Sortavala in 1939.

Virtual Sortavala is unique. It offers material related to Sortavala from the following sources: North Karelian Museum (Joensuu), Ladoga Karelia Regional Museum (Sortavala), National Archive of the Republic of Karelia (Petrozavodsk), Mikkeli Provincial Archives, Joensuu Sortavala Society, Sortavala Society of Helsinki, architect Martti I. Jaatinen’s collection and various other private collections. The Ladoga Karelia Regional Museum has also offered invaluable information regarding historical sites. North Karelian Museum offers sincere thanks to everyone involved in making Virtual Sortavala a reality.

Technical design and implementation of Virtual Sortavala: Sergey Balandin / FRUCT

North Karelian Museum’s team:
Tanja Rovio-Murto
Iiris Heino
Tarja Raninen-Siiskonen
Timo Ryynänen
Jukka-Pekka Jaatinen