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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Maj-Gun Lindén (2 years ago)
En fantastisk rofylld kyrka. Trevligt byggd med underbar akustik.
Marko M (2 years ago)
Pohjanmaalla ei kovin montaa keskiaikaista kivikirkkoa ole, Närpiön on yksi niistä ja sen vanhin osa on ilmeisesti rakennettu jo 1400-luvun alkupuoliskolla. Kirkkoa on laajennettu vaiheittain 1700-luvulle saakka, ja on nykyisin ristikirkon muodossa. Parhaiten kirkko ehkä tunnetaan hyvin säilyneiden kirkkotalliensa johdosta. Kirkko ympäristöineen onkin varsin näyttävä kokonaisuus, johon kannattaa tutustua. Kesäkuukausina avoinna ns. "virka-aikaan".
Jari Sundman (3 years ago)
Hieno hyvinsäilynyt kokonaisuus
Sanna Laitila (3 years ago)
Hieno kirkko.
Marcus Wägar (3 years ago)
Vacker miljö.
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