The first built church here was a wooden church with a turf roof. This is where the place got its name from – Velēna (Torf). Visitors can still enjoy one of the most beautiful organs in Latvia, built in 1898 in W. Sauer Company, they are considered as one of the best preserved organs in Latvia.
- Gulbene-Alūksne narrow gauge railway (Bānītis)
- Orthodox Church of St.Alexander of Neva