Kangasala Church

Kangasala, Finland

Kangasala grey granite church, with its beautiful baroque star ceiling, was built in 1767. Its rare wooden sculptures, dating back to the 15th century, make the church particularly fascinating. The tower collapsed in 1782 and the new one was completed in 1800.

There is a "bleeding stone" in the wall which is known among the local people. According the legend the girl called "Kuussalon Kaarina" was beheaded on it.

During the summer months the church is open daily, and guided tours are available.

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Founded: 1767
Category: Religious sites in Finland
Historical period: The Age of Enlightenment (Finland)

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Anna-Kristiina Nieminen (3 years ago)
Kaunis tunnelmallinen kirkko
Marja Viitala (3 years ago)
Kaunis, käyn kun on aihetta juhlaan.
Reino Rantala (3 years ago)
Hyvä ja kaunis kivikirkko.
Jojo Virola (3 years ago)
Kaunista sisällä ja ulkoa. Näkemisen arvoinen paikka.
Esa Toivola (5 years ago)
The first organ of Kangasala church was built in 1845 which established the 150-year-long organ building tradition in Kangasala. The façade of the first organ can still be seen in the church.
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