Askainen Church

Masku , Finland

The neoclassical church of Askainen was built by the owner of Louhisaari Manor, Governor-general Herman Claes'son Fleming in 1653 as the chapel church of Louhisaari Manor. It’s one of the rare stone churches in Finland built after the Reformation in the 17th century. The belfry was erected in 1772–1779. There is a funeral chapel of the Mannerheim family in the cemetery.

The Askainen noblemen's church is part of the oldest tourist route in Finland, the Seven Churches Tour, together with Raisio, Masku, Nousiainen, Lemu, Merimasku and Naantali. Finnish National Board of Antiquities has named the church and near Louhisaari manor as National Built Heritage.


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Founded: 1653
Category: Religious sites in Finland
Historical period: Swedish Empire (Finland)

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Christer Klemetz (14 months ago)
A handsome old church and well-maintained surroundings. The old doors were tarred and gave off a good smell.
Markku Jäntti (2 years ago)
Askainen Church is single-nave and represents a neoclassical style. Before the current church, a dilapidated wooden church was on the same site and a new one was built in its place. The current church was built by the owner of Louhisaari Manor, Governor General Herman Klaunpoika Fleming, in 1653 as the chapel church of Louhisaari Manor. Louhisaari was later owned by the Mannerheim family for a long time, and Marshal Carl Gustav Mannerheim was also born there. The cemetery has a graveyard of the Mannerheim family. The church organ was built by Hans Heinrich in 1979. There was a nice and knowledgeable guide on site.
H (2 years ago)
A great church with an interesting past and details that the on-site guide told us about!
Larisa Hiltunen (2 years ago)
Old church of the 17th century.Interesting place, a symbol of knights on the walls.
Marko M (3 years ago)
Another fine medieval stone church in the historical landscape of Askainen near the Louhisaari manor castle.
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