The church of St. Olaf was built in the year 1782 and is located in the place of an old chapel built in 1663. The shrine of Yläne is a combination of a cruciform church and a basilica, and is seated for 600 people. It was designed by Mikael Piimänen. The organ of the church is one of the oldest in Finland. The church site, cemetery and near vicarage are defined as national built herigate by National Board of Antiques.

Reference: Loimaanseutu.fi

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

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www.loimaanseutu.fi

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Rauno Juhannusvuori (2 years ago)
Kaunis vanha puukirkko.
HELENA KIVIRANTA (2 years ago)
Hyvä
JannaKaarina (2 years ago)
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Mikko Kiero (2 years ago)
Puiset kirkot ovat kyllä kauniita. Suntion puoliso esitteli meille kirkon sisältä päin "aukioloajan" ulkopuolella siitä iso kiitos.
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