The Old Church of Isokyrö

Storkyro, Finland

One of the major sights in Isokyrö area is the massive grey stone church, which was built probably between 1513-1533. Dedicated to St. Laurence, this church has been the spiritual centre of the greater Pohjankyrö area.

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laura said 5 years ago
beautiful! Where my ancestors worshipped.


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Museotie 3, Storkyro, Finland
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Founded: 1513-1533
Category: Religious sites in Finland
Historical period: Middle Ages (Finland)

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Kai Hannulabacka (2 years ago)
Upea keskiaikainen kirkko
Miika (2 years ago)
Komea vanha rakennus kannattaa nähdä.
Tii Tanner (2 years ago)
Kaunis ja monta aikaa kokenut kirkko. Seinämaalaukset ovat pysäyttävät. Hyvä akustiikka, tyhjänä melko pitkä kaiku. Viileää kesälläkin! Kannattaa tutustua myös kirkon historiaan. Se toimii kesäisin myös tiekirkkona, josta varmasti löydät viilennystä hengellesi matkasi varrella.
Vesa Savolainen (3 years ago)
Suomen historian vaikuttavimpia kirkkoja,. Ehdottomasti tutustuminen arvoinen. Paanukattoisten kirkkojen aatelia.
Matti Muurimäki (3 years ago)
Historiallinen ja kaunis kirkko, johon kannattaa ehdottomasti tutustua.
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