Kerimäki Church

Kerimäki, Finland

The Kerimäki Church is the largest wooden church in the world. Designed by Anders Fredrik Granstedt and built between 1844 and 1847, the church has a length of 45 metres (148 ft), a width of 42 m (138 ft), a height of 37 m (121 ft) and a seating capacity of more than 3,000. Altogether there can be 5,000 people at a time in the church.

It has been rumoured that the size of the church was the result of a miscalculation when it was built (supposedly the architect was working in centimetres, which the builder took to be inches, which are 2.54 times larger). Further studies, however, have shown that the church was actually intended to be as big as it is, so it could easily accommodate a half of the area's population at the same time.

During wintertime, services are held in a smaller "winter church" (built in 1953), since the main building has no heating.

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Founded: 1844-1847
Category: Religious sites in Finland
Historical period: Russian Grand Duchy (Finland)

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Miikka Snell (2 years ago)
Wonderful place. You must see this place.
Kalle Laitinen (2 years ago)
It's an old and beutiful wooden church. From the outside it doesn't seem that special, but from the inside it's huge. Definately worth a visit.
Liisa Ikonen (2 years ago)
The biggest wooden church in Finland is celebrating its 170th anniversary. There's a guide that presents the church history and answers questions. It's a beautiful old building and there's a coffee/craft shop in the bell tower. There are concerts and other side events related to the Savonlinna Opera Festival at least in July.
ValerioMonta (3 years ago)
Wonderful ps: it's the largest wooden church in the world and you don't have to pay to visit it (at least for now); they deserve an offer for this.
Ville Leskinen (3 years ago)
Largest wooden church in the world. Provides exactly that. It's a church, it's big and it's wooden.
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