Keuruu Old Church

Keuruu, Finland

The wooden Old Church of Keuruu was built between 1756-1759. It’s very beautiful and well-preserved sample of the wooden church architecture in 18th century. The church was built by Antti Hakola. The original altarpiece was painted by Johan Backman in 1750s or 1760s. Now it’s moved to the National Museum in Helsinki and there’s a copy in the church.


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Founded: 1756-1759
Category: Religious sites in Finland
Historical period: The Age of Enlightenment (Finland)


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Risto Kurki (5 months ago)
Kaunis kirkko.
Orava (5 months ago)
Kari Kangas (9 months ago)
Keuruun vanha kirkko rakennettiin vuosina 1756–59. Sen erikoisuuksiin kuuluvat peittämättöminä säilyneet seinämaalaukset. Vuoteen 1780 asti Keuruun vanha kirkko oli kuitenkin maalaamaton. Suurimman osan maalauksista on maalannut koristemaalari Johan Tilén, joka työskenteli Keuruulla vuosina 1782-1786. Hänen töitään ovat lehtereiden kaiteet lukuun ottamatta etelälehteriä, saarnastuolin peilit, kattoholvit ja seinät. Pysäköintitilaa on niukanlaisesti, mutta tapahtumien ulkopuolella varmaan riittävästi. Paikalla on opas, joka ainakin kesällä 2018 oli aktiivinen, mutta varsinaista opastusta ei ollut eikä mitään esittelylehtistäkään. Mielestäni maksulliseen, näinkin merkittävään kohteeseen kuuluísi automaattisesti opastus.
Marko M (11 months ago)
Keuruun vanha kirkko on puukirkko, joka toimii nykyisin museokirkkona (eli sinne on maksettava pääsymaksu). Kirkkosalissa on kuitenkin upeita maalauksia, sakastissa jonkin verran kirkon historiaan liittyvää esineistöä (mm. edeltävän kirkon alttari) ja paljon muuta nähtävää. Guides speak english too.
Pekka Niskanen (11 months ago)
Hieno vanha kirkko, aikakapseli menneeseen.
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