Alatornio Church

Tornio, Finland

The first church in the island was made of wood and it's said to have existed already in 1316. It has been one of the northest churches in Scandinavia in medieval time.

The stone church was built 1500-1513. Today only the eastern nave is still existing. Church was modified to the present shape during 1794-97 by architect Jacob Rijf.


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Founded: 1500-1513
Category: Religious sites in Finland
Historical period: Middle Ages (Finland)


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Aimo Stark (3 years ago)
Tykkää käydä kotikirkossa.
Juho Jussheikki (3 years ago)
Ihana kirkko
Markku Pikkupirtti (3 years ago)
Kaunis paikka, muutama tunti vierähti kävellessä ja katsellen ympärille. Kettingit oli tosi isot...
Jane Fagerström (3 years ago)
Tämä on sukuni kotikirkko. On vaikea lyhyesti sanoittaa sitä historiaa, jonka mukana tämä kirkko on elänyt: Rekiajelut Liakasta joulukirkkoon lienevät kertomusten kauneimpia muistoja. Itsekin kasvoin tämän kirkon yhteydessä: Pienenä pelkäsin, että kirkon sisällä on pimeää... Minut oli saatu houkuteltua kirkon muurien sisäpuolelle kevättalvella 70-luvun alussa, kun vastaan oli kävellyt luultavasti suntio ontuen, mustissaan ja lapiotaan kantaen, ja olin juossut ulos portista ja sanonut odottavani autossa. Sen jälkeen on kuljettu monenlaiset askeleet... mutta kirkko on pysynyt. Rakkaita muistoja.
Lide de Deli (4 years ago)
Hieno kirkko. Tornista mahtavat näköalat, jos onnistuu sinne pääsemään.
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