Maakalla Church

Kalajoki, Finland

Maakalla and Ulkokalla islands have been important fisheries since the 16th century. The simple wooden church was built in 1780 and is still used for weddings and worships. There are also the smallest vicarage in Finland and fishing museum in the village.

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Maakalla, Kalajoki, Finland
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Founded: 1780
Category: Religious sites in Finland
Historical period: The Age of Enlightenment (Finland)

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Taru Saarenpää (2 years ago)
Toimiva
Petteri Iivonen (2 years ago)
Nätti kirkko
Jaakko Saano (2 years ago)
Hieno kirkko varsinkin ulkoasultaan. Siistit sisätilat.
Petri Sisäharju (2 years ago)
Hieno kirkko.
Otto Loberg (3 years ago)
Grown man in a dress was speaking nonsense.
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