Kuorevesi church was completed in 1779 and it was built by the famous church builder Matti Pärnä (later Åkerblom). There may have been even three wooden churches before on the same site. The oldest known record of church dates from 1645. Kuorevesi church is one of the three so-called 'sacrifice churches' in Finland: it means local people have sacrificed money or other property for the church.
The interior dates from the restoration made in 1915. One of the church bells is donated by Queen Christina of Sweden in 1648. The valuable votive ship was donated by Markus Wiren in 1835. There is also a painting made by the famous painter Venny Soldan Brofelt.References:
Olargues is a good example of a French medieval town and rated as one of the most beautiful villages in France. It was occupied by the Romans, the Vandals and the Visigoths. At the end of the 11th century the Jaur valley came under the authority of the Château of the Viscount of Minerve. The following centuries saw a succession of wars and epidemics, and it was not until the 18th century that Olargues became re-established. This was due to the prosperity of local agriculture and artisanal industry.
The Pont du Diable, 'Devil's Bridge', is said to date back to 1202 and is reputed to be the scene of transactions between the people of Olargues and the devil. The old village is clustered around the belltower, which was formerly the main tower of the castle (Romanesque construction). The old shops have marble frontages and overhanging upper storeys. A museum of popular traditions and art is to be found in the stairs of the Commanderie.