Pihlajavesi Wilderness Church

Keuruu, Finland

The wooden church of Pihjalavesi was built between 1780-1782. In 1778 small village of Pihjalavesi requested to build their own church, because it was long distance to nearest church. The parish of Keuruu denied the request, but the building of smaller chapel was allowed without any public funding. Local inhabitant built anyway a church and sold grain and tar to fund it. When the church was completed, local vicar got admonition from the chapter.

Pihlajavesi Wilderness Church was designed by famous church builder Matti Pärnä-Åkerblom. There are many legends of church, you can for example find figures of people in the inside wall of the church. Remarks are probably originated from the people reclining to the wall during worships.

The cemetery surrounding church was established in 1785 and used until the beginning of the 20th century. Some parts of the church were renovated in 1870s and again in 1930s. It’s open in summertime and popular venue for worships, concerts and weddings.

Comments

Your name

Website (optional)



Details

Founded: 1780-1782
Category: Religious sites in Finland
Historical period: The Age of Enlightenment (Finland)

More Information

www.avoinmuseo.fi

Rating

4.8/5 (based on Google user reviews)

User Reviews

Tuula Moisio (8 months ago)
Hieno historiallinen nähtävyys, pääsee autolla ihan pihaan...
Marko M (10 months ago)
Hieno ja vanha kirkko, joka todellakin on nimensä veroinen, sillä se tuntuu sijaitsevan "keskellä ei mitään". Noh, tokikin lähimpiin mökkeihin ja taloihin ei ole kuin joitain satoja metrejä, ettei se nyt ihan täysin erämaassa ole. Kannattaa käydä tutustumassa.
Sanna Suklaa (11 months ago)
Idyllinen vanha puinen erämaakirkko❤️
Kari Kangas (11 months ago)
Keuruun Pihlajavedellä sijaitseva kirkko rakennettiin 1780–1782. Sen rakensivat talonpojat, jotka olivat saaneet tarpeekseen pitkästä kirkkomatkasta Keuruulle. Aluksi tuomiokapituli ei antanut rakentamiselle lupaa, vain ”saarnahuoneelle”. Kirkko siitä kuitenkin käytännössä tuli, mutta vasta 1787 se vihittiin virallisesti kirkoksi. Rakentamisaikanaan kirkko oli erämaassa ja erämaata sen ympäristö pitkälti nykyäänkin on. Hyvät opasteet ohjaavat perilla ja viimeistä kilometriä lukuunottamatta tie on hyväkuntoinen. Se viimeinen kilometri onkin sitten varsinaista pyykkilautaa. Kun perille pääsee, löytyy pysäköintitilaa runsaasti. Kirkko on lukossa, mutta avain on ovessa. Kirkon pihalla on kioski, joka on avoinna ilmeisesti vain tapahtumien yhteydessä, mutta kioskin katos on oiva paikka omien eväiden nauttimiseen. Ja kun perille pääsee, niin tunnelma erämaan keskellä olevassa tyhjässä, hämärässä ja vanhan puun tuoksuisessa kirkossa on ainutlaatuinen. Kirkon aukioloajoista oli vaikea saada tietoa. Museon toimisto ei ole avoinna joka päivä ja seurakunnan kansliakin on iltapäivisin suljettu. Keuruun matkailupalvelu vastasi kuitenkin nopeasti sähköpostiin ja seurakunnastakin tuli tieto sangen pikaisestin siitä huolimatta, että toimisto oli jo mennyt kiinni. Siitä Keuruulle täydet pisteet!
Harri Lamminpää (2 years ago)
Hieno vanha puukirkko rakennettu 1700-luvun lopulla
Powered by Google

Featured Historic Landmarks, Sites & Buildings

Historic Site of the week

Church of the Savior on Blood

The Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood is one of the main sights of St. Petersburg. The church was built on the site where Tsar Alexander II was assassinated and was dedicated in his memory. Construction began in 1883 under Alexander III, as a memorial to his father, Alexander II. Work progressed slowly and was finally completed during the reign of Nicholas II in 1907. Funding was provided by the Imperial family with the support of many private donors.

Architecturally, the Cathedral differs from St. Petersburg's other structures. The city's architecture is predominantly Baroque and Neoclassical, but the Savior on Blood harks back to medieval Russian architecture in the spirit of romantic nationalism. It intentionally resembles the 17th-century Yaroslavl churches and the celebrated St. Basil's Cathedral in Moscow.

The Church contains over 7500 square metres of mosaics — according to its restorers, more than any other church in the world. The interior was designed by some of the most celebrated Russian artists of the day — including Viktor Vasnetsov, Mikhail Nesterov and Mikhail Vrubel — but the church's chief architect, Alfred Alexandrovich Parland, was relatively little-known (born in St. Petersburg in 1842 in a Baltic-German Lutheran family). Perhaps not surprisingly, the Church's construction ran well over budget, having been estimated at 3.6 million roubles but ending up costing over 4.6 million. The walls and ceilings inside the Church are completely covered in intricately detailed mosaics — the main pictures being biblical scenes or figures — but with very fine patterned borders setting off each picture.

In the aftermath of the Russian Revolution, the church was ransacked and looted, badly damaging its interior. The Soviet government closed the church in the early 1930s. During the Second World War when many people were starving due to the Siege of Leningrad by Nazi German military forces, the church was used as a temporary morgue for those who died in combat and from starvation and illness. The church suffered significant damage. After the war, it was used as a warehouse for vegetables, leading to the sardonic name of Saviour on Potatoes.

In July 1970, management of the Church passed to Saint Isaac's Cathedral (then used as a highly profitable museum) and proceeds from the Cathedral were funneled back into restoring the Church. It was reopened in August 1997, after 27 years of restoration, but has not been reconsecrated and does not function as a full-time place of worship; it is a Museum of Mosaics. Even before the Revolution it never functioned as a public place of worship; having been dedicated exclusively to the memory of the assassinated tsar, the only services were panikhidas (memorial services). The Church is now one of the main tourist attractions in St. Petersburg.