Religious sites in Finland

Lumparland Church

The wooden church of Lumparland was built in 1728 to replace the earlier church destroyed by fire. First record of church in Lumparland dates back to the year 1540 and it was sanctified to St. Andrew. The current church was originally painted with red, repainted to yellow (in 1870) and once again to white color in 1896. The interior is from the 19th century, the altarpiece for example was made by Victor Westerholm in 1887 ...
Founded: 1728 | Location: Lumparland, Finland

Brändö Church

The wooden church of Brändö was built in 1893. There is an remarkable altarpiece from the late Middle Ages inside the church.
Founded: 1893 | Location: Kustavi, Finland

Piikkiö Church

Piikkiö well-preserved stone church was built in 1752-1755 by Samuel Elmgren to replace the previous wooden church. It was styled after medieval churches in Finland. According the legend church stones were brought from the ruins of near Kuusisto Castle. Near the church are also a parsonage from the 18th century and garden from the 1750s.
Founded: 1752-1755 | Location: Kaarina, Finland

Sottunga Church

The present Sottunga church was built in 1728 to replace older one, which was burnt down in the Great Northern War. Since then the church has been renovated several times, most recently in 1974. Today Sottunga church is smallest wooden church in Finland.
Founded: 1728 | Location: Föglö, Finland

Pihlajavesi Wilderness Church

The wooden church of Pihjalavesi was built between 1780-1782. In 1778 small village of Pihjalavesi requested to build their own church, because it was long distance to nearest church. The parish of Keuruu denied the request, but the building of smaller chapel was allowed without any public funding. Local inhabitant built anyway a church and sold grain and tar to fund it. When the church was completed, local vicar got admo ...
Founded: 1780-1782 | Location: Keuruu, Finland

Elimäki Church

Elimäki Church, built in 1638, is one of the oldest wooden churches in Finland. The cruciform shape is from the extension in 1678. The belfry was added in 1795-1797. The interior is mostly from the 17th century. Most significant artefacts are altarpiece and pulpit donated by Casper Wrede and Sophia Taube.
Founded: 1638 | Location: Kouvola, Finland

Västanfjärd Churches

The Old Church of Västanfjärd was built in 1759-1760. The wooden octagon shaped church was designed by Isak Olin and it’s dedicated to St. Jacob. The belfry was erected in 1763. Interior is mostly from the 19th century.The newer stone church is located near the old church site. It was built 1910-1912 and represents the Romantic Nationalism style. It was designed by Helge Rancken. The altarpiece (painted by ...
Founded: 1759 & 1910 | Location: Kemiönsaari, Finland

Karunki Church

The wooden church in Karunki was built in 1815-1817. The cruciform shape church is designed by A. W. Arppe. The bell tower was erected in 1815. The altarpiece was painted by J. Hedman in 1827. There are also a manse (1861) and couple of wooden outbuidings on the church site.
Founded: 1815-1817 | Location: Tornio, Finland

Simo Church

The empire style church of Simo was completed in 1846. The wooden church is designed by Ernst Bernhard Lohrmann. The older bell tower was built in 1773. The altarpiece is painted by Esaias Svanberg in 1847.
Founded: 1846 | Location: Simo, Finland

Sodankylä Church

The Church of Sodankylä was inaugurated in 1859. It’s the second church in Sodankylä and was built to replace the too small first church. The bare stone church is designed by Ludvig Lindqvist and Ernst Lohrmann. Church bells were brought from the older church.
Founded: 1859 | Location: Sodankylä, Finland

Kuru Church

The wooden church of Kuru was completed in 1781. It is designed and built by Matti Åkerblom and has 700 seats. In 1848 a sacristy was built on the east side of the church. The altarpiece is painted by B. A. Thule in 1852.The Kuru Church is a well-preversed and good sample of wooden church architecture in Southwest Finland.
Founded: 1781 | Location: Ylöjärvi, Finland

Hattuvaara Tsasouna

Tsasounas are small Orthodox chapels in Carelia and the Russian side of the border. They are typically simple wooden buildings with lot of decoration. The tsasouna of Hattuvaara, built in the 1790s, is the oldest still used tsasouna in Western Europe. During the World War II heavy battles were fought in Hattuvaara, but the tsasouna survived with no damages. In tsasouna´s yard, there is also a museum outbuilding and ...
Founded: 1790s | Location: Ilomantsi, Finland

Ilomantsi Church

The Lutheran church of Ilomantsi is a colorful wooden church and rich in nuances. It was built in 1796 by H. Mechelin. The interior is richly decorated by Samuel Elmgren, who painted inside one hundred angels and several characters from Bible between 1830 and 1832.
Founded: 1796 | Location: Ilomantsi, Finland

Tohmajärvi Church

The wooden church of Tohmajärvi the oldest church in North Carelia. The church was built in 1756 and the bell tower couple of years later. The altarpiece is painted by Mikael Toppelius. The location on the small peninsula is one of the most beautiful church sites in Finland. Other monuments in church grounds are a memorial to those who fell and were left behind in Carelia, (now Russian Republic of Karelia) and Bisho ...
Founded: 1756 | Location: Tohmajärvi, Finland

Vihanti Church

The church of Vihanti was completed in 1784 to replace the first one built in 1691. It is designed by Simon Silvén. The interior of the wooden cruciform shape church is decorated by Emanuel Granberg and Erik Westzynthius. The altarpiece is painted directly to the log wall. The bell tower (1752) originates from the earlier church.
Founded: 1784 | Location: Vihanti, Finland

Muhos Church

The church of Muhos was completed in 1634 and is the third church in the parish. Muhos church is the oldest wooden church in Finland, which has been preserved almost in its original shape. It is built in the form of a rectangular basilica, a so called buttress church. Torninrakentaja-Hannu (Hannu the Tower Builder) is regarded as the builder of the church. There are 500 seats in the church. The pulpit was built by Mikael ...
Founded: 1634 | Location: Muhos, Finland

Lohtaja Church

The present church of Lohtaja was completed in 1768 and it is fourth or fifth in Lohtaja. The latest church was located to the higher place as the landmark for seafarers. There are several artefacts originating from the previous church built in 1644.
Founded: 1768 | Location: Kokkola, Finland

Koivulahti Church

Koivulahti church was originally an octagonal shaped wooden church, completed in 1691-1693. In the enlargement made in 1795 it was reconstructed to the cruciform appearance. The belfry dates from 1757. There is also a vicarage from 1782 and former magazine buildings near the church.
Founded: 1691-1693 | Location: Mustasaari, Finland

Kankaanpää Church

The wooden church of Kankaanpää was constructed during the years 1834-39. The church was designed by C.L. Engel and it represents a pure tendence of empire architecture.
Founded: 1834-1839 | Location: Kankaanpää, Finland

Angelniemi Church

Angelniemi Church was built in 1772 by famous church builder Matti Åkerblom. It is oblong in shape, and the belfry is annexed to the church as if it was a bell-tower. The church has been restored several times in the 19th century, and in the 20th century. The altarpiece was painted by Aleksandra Stålt in 1897. There is also a crucifix from the 14th century. The pulpit was made in 1772.
Founded: 1772 | Location: Kemiönsaari, Finland

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Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania

The Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania was built originally in the 15th century for the rulers of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania. The Royal Palace in the Lower Castle evolved over the years and prospered during the 16th and mid-17th centuries. For four centuries the palace was the political, administrative and cultural center of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania.

Soon after the Grand Duchy of Lithuania was incorporated into Tsarist Russia, Tsarist officials ordered the demolition of the remaining sections of the Royal Palace. The Palace was almost completely demolished in 1801, the bricks and stones were sold, and the site was bowered. Only a small portion of the walls up to the second floor survived, that were sold to a Jewish merchant Abraham Schlossberg around 1800 who incorporated them into his residential house. After the 1831 uprising, the czarist government expelled Schlossberg and took over the building as it was building a fortress beside it. Before the Second World War it was the office of the Lithuanian Army, during the World War II it was the office of the German Army, and after World War II it was used by Soviet security structures and later transformed into the Palace of Pioneers. Fragments of Schlossberg's house have become part of the Eastern Wing of the restored Royal Palace.

A new palace has been under construction since 2002 on the site of the original building. The Royal Palace was officially opened during the celebration of the millennium of the name of Lithuania in 2009.