Top Historic Sights in Pöytyä, Finland

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Pöytyä Church

The wooden cruciform church in Pöytyä was built in the year 1793 and was designed by Mikael Piimänen. Next to the church there is a rare timber enclosure from the old church. At the church square there is a clearer´s statue and on the graveyard a soldier´s statue, both designed by Aarre Aaltonen. There are also monuments of Antti Lizelius and Fr. G. Hedberg in the church area. The church milieu ...
Founded: 1793 | Location: Pöytyä, Finland

Yläne Church

The church of St. Olaf was built in the year 1782 and is located in the place of an old chapel built in 1663. The shrine of Yläne is a combination of a cruciform church and a basilica, and is seated for 600 people. It was designed by Mikael Piimänen. The organ of the church is one of the oldest in Finland. The church site, cemetery and near vicarage are defined as national built herigate by National Board of Ant ...
Founded: 1782 | Location: Pöytyä, Finland

Featured Historic Landmarks, Sites & Buildings

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Caerleon Roman Amphitheatre

Built around AD 90 to entertain the legionaries stationed at the fort of Caerleon (Isca), the impressive amphitheatre was the Roman equivalent of today’s multiplex cinema. Wooden benches provided seating for up to 6,000 spectators, who would gather to watch bloodthirsty displays featuring gladiatorial combat and exotic wild animals.

Long after the Romans left, the amphitheatre took on a new life in Arthurian legend. Geoffrey of Monmouth, the somewhat imaginative 12th-century scholar, wrote in his History of the Kings of Britain that Arthur was crowned in Caerleon and that the ruined amphitheatre was actually the remains of King Arthur’s Round Table.

Today it is the most complete Roman amphitheatre in Britain.