Loppi Old Church

Loppi, Finland

The Old Church of Loppi, also known as Santa Pirjo (St. Birgit), was built in 1660s. The history of simple and bare wooden church is quite unknown because documents of building were destroyed by fire. According some investigations the church could be completed already in the tide of 15th and 16th centuries, but the age of wall logs is dated to the year 1666.

Only couple of tombs remain of the old cemetery near the church. Nowadays Loppi Old Church is popular wedding and concert church.

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Ilkonkuja, Loppi, Finland
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Founded: 1660
Category: Religious sites in Finland
Historical period: Swedish Empire (Finland)

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www.loppi.fi

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4.8/5 (based on Google user reviews)

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Jari Forssell (12 months ago)
Niilo (12 months ago)
Lopen vanha kirkko oli todella hieno paikka! Suosittelen käymään kirkon sisällä tutkimassa paikkoja. Lisäksi plussat hyvästä asiakaspalvelusta!
Markku Segerstedt (14 months ago)
Hieno kirkkoalue.
Kari Harrinkoski (16 months ago)
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