Archangel Michael's church

Turku, Finland

Archangel Michael's Church was designed by famous architect Lars Sonck and finished in 1905. When Sonck won the competition for the church in 1894, he was only a 23-year old architectural student. The neogothic style red-brick church dominates the western skyline of the city of Turku. It’s one of the most popular wedding churches in Turku being able to seat 1,800 people.

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Puistokatu 16, Turku, Finland
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Founded: 1899-1905
Category: Religious sites in Finland
Historical period: Russian Grand Duchy (Finland)

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4.5/5 (based on Google user reviews)

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Behnam Zandi (4 months ago)
It was very good here
Vira Kutsir (6 months ago)
Michael's Church is a church situated in central Turku. It is named after Archangel Michael and was finished in 1905.
Timo Yamada (Urban_Dionysos) (12 months ago)
This church is beautiful inside and more peacefu than Tuomiokirkko. This is one of the three big Churches in Turku. Durning the worship it's open.
Mikael Roosbacka (13 months ago)
The old church in the city of Turku. The atmosphere is renewing and charismatic.
Alberto Leonardis (2 years ago)
Imposing, located North of the city, it seems to want to push its spires towards the sky, almost to balance its solid and massive structure, even more evident by observing the low aisles. The mosaics in the apse are beautiful and at sunset allow reflections of light to filter through.
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