The Church of the Three Crosses

Imatra, Finland

The Church of the Three Crosses (Vuoksenniska chruch), designed by academician Alvar Aalto, is architecturally an interesting building. Its slender, high belfry describes a down shot arrow. Instead of the altar painting there are three crosses. Among the 103 windows only two are identical. Aalto planned the church also for other activities in the parish besides services. Therefore the church can be divided into three parts. In the church there are seats for 800 persons. The windows and lightning are high up, which creates fascinating display of light and shadow. The Church of the Three Crosses was completed in 1957. The stained glass on the ceiling is as old as the church and also designed by Alvar Aalto.

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Founded: 1957
Category: Religious sites in Finland
Historical period: Independency (Finland)

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Andrea Nicoletti (6 months ago)
Opening hours to be checked in advance, the property is in need of restoration work which should begin shortly, according to the signs.
Liisa Pietilä (9 months ago)
The church designed by Alvar Aalto, which is badly dilapidated and suffers from indoor air problems, is therefore closed. It must have been a beautiful church in the beginning. Hopefully it can be renovated to its former glory.
Jeremy Richard (4 years ago)
Stylish church, nice place to visit.
Valeria Azovskaya (5 years ago)
It’s worth to bike there and see the Church from the inside. Notice the opening hours, please, it has it’s own schedule.
Valeria Azovskaya (5 years ago)
It’s worth to bike there and see the Church from the inside. Notice the opening hours, please, it has it’s own schedule.
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