The Church of Ulrika Eleanora

Kristiinankaupunki, Finland

The first wooden church of Kristiinankaupunki was built between 1654 and 1658 on the site where the Ulrika Eleonora Church now stands, however it burned down on 16th June 1697. The building of the Ulrika Eleonora Church, which replaced it, was completed in 1700. The church was renovated and returned to use in 1965. The wooden church is a typical seaside church complete with a votive ship hanging from the ceiling. The ship building skills are also otherwise evident in the architecture of the church, for example in the ceiling structure. Outside the church is an old graveyard where the significant families of the city are buried. This churchyard also holds the graves of warriors of Kristiinankaupunki. Only a few services are held in the church each year. Ulrika Eleonora is a popular venue for summer weddings.

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Founded: 1700
Category: Religious sites in Finland
Historical period: Swedish Empire (Finland)

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Reinaldo de Araujo Barbosa (3 years ago)
Lovely wooden church, it’s a such historic gem
Teemu Sintonen (5 years ago)
One of the most beautiful churches in Finland. Divine & soothing atmosphere.
camilla mitts (5 years ago)
Obviously one of the most genuine historical wooden churches in Finland. A must visit in Kristinestad.
Stephane Hintermeyer (5 years ago)
Really beautiful old church. Must see
Magnus Ligi (5 years ago)
Beautiful historical church. Definitely worth a visit
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