Närpiö Church

Närpiö, Finland

The church of Närpes was originally built around 1550-1555, but it has been expanded several times during the 17th and 18th centuries. The church itself, surrounding magazines and stables creates an unique historical milieu in Finland.

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Founded: 1550-1555
Category: Religious sites in Finland
Historical period: Reformation (Finland)

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www.visitnarpes.fi

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Claseric Gull (2 years ago)
Lugnt o fint, mycket ljus på kyrkogården nu på alla helgons dag,
P R (2 years ago)
Old church stables worth seeing, the oldest of which are from the 18th century. As you drive down the road, the church halls are a magnificent sight.
Alexander Ginlund (2 years ago)
Renovations in several stages. Still harmony between the church tower & the belfry! Spready in a good way.
Mari Kumpulainen (2 years ago)
Quite a special place with unique horse stables around the church. Didn’t get inside the church due to opening times, but the stables and beautiful cemetary were worth visiting
Mari K (2 years ago)
Quite a special place with unique horse stables around the church. Didn’t get inside the church due to opening times, but the stables and beautiful cemetary were worth visiting
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