Elimäki Church

Kouvola, Finland

Elimäki Church, built in 1638, is one of the oldest wooden churches in Finland. The cruciform shape is from the extension in 1678. The belfry was added in 1795-1797. The interior is mostly from the 17th century. Most significant artefacts are altarpiece and pulpit donated by Casper Wrede and Sophia Taube.


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Founded: 1638
Category: Religious sites in Finland
Historical period: Swedish Empire (Finland)


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Jani L. (9 months ago)
Fine old wooden church
Rural Explorer (2 years ago)
This fine wooden church in Kouvola, the former village of Elimäki, was built in 1638 and expanded in 1678. Elimäki Church is the oldest wooden church in Finland, if the year of tradition is correct. The altarpiece was donated by Casper Wrede with his wife Sophia Taube in 1632. The church has a rare Baroque-style scallop from 1666. The pulpit is from the mid-17th century and was designed by Lorentz Haberman, master of Pernaja. There are a lot of old folk stories and tales associated with the church, and one tells that the church has collapsed in its "full power" when the bottom of Lake Elimäenjärvi is driven by endless horses.
Anne Margit Perttola (2 years ago)
Our dedication church with a wonderful and long history. Worshipers great people.
Veiko Andre (2 years ago)
Regular old church
Geoff Hudson (3 years ago)
What a beautiful building and it's clear the people here take very good care of the grounds.
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