St. Henry's Chapel

Kokemäki, Finland

The St. Henry's Chapel is a medieval wooden barn, which was surrounded by the present brick chapel in 1857. According the legend St. Henry, the first bishop of Finland, spent his last night in the barn before local peasant Lalli murdered him in 1156. Although according modern archeological investigations oldest parts of the barn were made in 1472-1473. Oldest records from the 17th century tells that the barn has been a destination for local pilgrimages.

Senate of Finland decided to protect the barn as the national heritage in 1839. Architect Pehr Johan Gylich designed the chapel around barn to shelter it. The chapel was inaugurated in 1857.

The chapel is open to the public in July with no admission fee.


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Founded: 1857 (the Chapel)
Category: Religious sites in Finland
Historical period: Russian Grand Duchy (Finland)


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mikko kettukangas (9 months ago)
In a beautiful park at the ancient market place of Teljä stands a small round brick chapel, which preserves the oldest surviving log building in our country. From this Kokemäki collision, our good pious Henrik left for his last journey.
Juha Lehtinen (10 months ago)
Mukavalla paikalla, kaunis, löytyy helposti, esteetön kulku, selkeä, siisti. Suosittelen poikkeamaan jos seudulla liikkuu
Päivi Mäkinen (4 years ago)
A special, historical attraction on the banks of the Kokemäenjoki River in a great location! In order to see the log building, you must pick up the chapel key from Kokemäki City Office.
Kari Mäkilä (5 years ago)
Bishop Henrik spent the night here before he died. It would be nice to get some guidance and take a look inside. You should probably make an appointment in advance.
S0fi (5 years ago)
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