The church of Vimpeli was completed in 1807, but not inaugurated until 1811. The exterior of the wooden church is unique: it has twelve corners and looks like round church. The architect was Jacob Rifj, who was inspired of Pantheon temple in Rome. The interior is also interesting. The altarpiece was painted by R. W. Ekman in 1872.

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Founded: 1807
Category: Religious sites in Finland
Historical period: The Age of Enlightenment (Finland)

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www.vimpeli.fi

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Esa Rannisto (2 years ago)
Harvinainen pyöreä puukirkko. Todellisuudessa kirkko on 12-kulmainen. Tapuli on erillinen rakennus. Kirkkomaalla lepäävät sotiemme sankarivainajat. Kirkko sijaitsee Savonjokirannassa. Lähellä kuuluisa Saarikenttä. Pesäpallopyhättö. Kirkko on kallistunut muutaman asteen kohti jokea.
Raimo Tanila (2 years ago)
Hieno pyöreä kirkko. Alavudella oli ennen samanlainen.
Shinigami (3 years ago)
Kirkko on todella kaunis ja viihtyisä. Pienille lapsille on myös hyvin tekemistä kirkon takaosassa.
Timo Perämaa (3 years ago)
Hoeman erilaisen mallinen pyöreäkirkko. Tiekirkko pääsee myös sisälle. Löytyy myös wc. Siisti hieno kirkko.
Leila Palenius (3 years ago)
Tämän reittiohjeen avulla löydettiin perille. Kirkossa en ole käynyt.
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