First seaman chapel was built to Jurmo probably in the 12th century and it has been a center of near archipelago people for centuries. According the legend Jurmo residents assisted ships to wreck purposely and robbed their cargo in the 16th century. That’s why Gustav Vasa, the king of Sweden, ordered to destroy the whole island and all inhabitants. All forests were burnt and only couple of local people survived alive.

The present chapel and cemetery were founded in 1846. There are anyway much older artefacts inside the chapel, like the wooden statue of St. Anna from the 15th century.

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Founded: 1846
Category: Religious sites in Finland
Historical period: Russian Grand Duchy (Finland)

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