Paltaniemi Church

Kajaani, Finland

First church in Paltaniemi was built in 1599, but it was destroyed by the very unusual earthquake in 1626. The next one was completed in 1665, but again it was destroyed by the Russian forces during the Greath Wrath in 1716. The current wooden church was built in 1726. Probably the oldest artifact inside the Paltainiemi church is the altarpiece from the year 1727. Famous paintings on the ceiling and walls was made by Emanuel Granberg in 1778-1781. The large painting on the rear wall, the “Final Judgement”, was once considered so shocking that the lower portion of the painting was removed – apparently even with an axe in places.

Outside the church are memorials to the Kalevala and the years of famine. The church is open to visitors daily throughout the summer.

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Founded: 1726
Category: Religious sites in Finland
Historical period: The Age of Enlightenment (Finland)

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