Pielpajärvi Wilderness Church

Inari, Finland

Pielpajärvi is the old centre of Inari. In former times, there was a winter village of Inari by the shore of this wilderness lake where people gathered to stay for the winter months. The church, built in the winter village in 1760, is one of the oldest buildings in northern Lapland. The reddish church stands on a stone field lined by a beautiful birch wood. A natural-state meadow now grows on the church grounds.

The wooden wilderness church of Pielpajärvi is the second church in this very spot. All the remains of the first church, which was completed in 1646, have disappeared, and only the decaying foundations of a few buildings are left from the winter village. The Pielpajärvi Wilderness Church and the nearby areas form a nationally valuable cultural heritage area. It has also been classified as a regionally valuable landscape area.

The Pielpajärvi Wilderness Church can be visited throughout the year. Information on directions is available on the Inari Hiking Area's webpages.

Reference: Outdoors.fi

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Founded: 1760
Category: Religious sites in Finland
Historical period: The Age of Enlightenment (Finland)

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Hylko Oosterloo (10 months ago)
Beautiful hike to the church.
Xbe Aston (11 months ago)
Cute and worth the hike.
pstolarz (12 months ago)
As completely areligious person it's probably the only church I visited twice of my own free will ;) I recommend not only for the object itself but also for 5km long stroll leading to it through stone-marked forest at the Inarijärvi wilderness.
Kismetti (12 months ago)
Beautiful old church in the middle of nowhere. We walked 4,5km on a forest path to get there. The route was partly hard to walk, it is too much for little children and to people with disabilities. Worth walking, beautiful sight. The church is in a good shape, even though its very old. Go check it out!
Juha Wallin (2 years ago)
Awesome !
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