Sastamala Church

Sastamala, Finland

The church of Sastamala in Karkku (dedicated to St. Mary) was built in the end of 15th century. In the Middle Ages Karkku was the spiritual and administrative center for the northern Satakunta area. Unfortunately church was nearly abandoned for decades in the 19th and 20th centuries. During this time for example the floor was destroyed. The church was renovated in 1960-1977 and today it's used mainly for summer ceremonies.

There is a fine collection of historical artefacts in Sastamala church. Oldest items are probably a stone font from the 13th century and the part of gravestone with engraving "1304".


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Founded: 1497-1505
Category: Religious sites in Finland
Historical period: Middle Ages (Finland)

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Roosa Rosengren (2 years ago)
Hienoa että opas on paikalla,kannattaa ottaa selvää minä päivinä.
Alisa Emilia (2 years ago)
Hienolla paikalla kirkko! Tosi viihtyisä paikka
Anita Ojala (2 years ago)
Tosi hyvä akustiikka. Hienoja tilaisuuksia heinäkuussa. Gregoriaana!
Marko M (2 years ago)
Hieno keskiaikainen kivikirkko keskellä Sastamalan peltoaukeita - vähän kuin keskellä ei mitään. Harvinaista kyllä, kirkossa on säilytetty maalattia, joten on jo siinäkin mielessä näkemisen arvoinen kohde - yleensä keskiaikaisten kirkkojen lattiat on vuorattu joko kivellä tai lankuilla myöhempinä aikoina. Kesäisin avoinna joka päivä, samoin kuin naapurikirkko Tyrvään Pyhän Olavin kirkko.
Jane Fagerström (2 years ago)
Upea, vanha kirkko, jossa mieletön akustiikka. Kirkossa on jännittävä maalattia. Kastemalja on esimerkiksi katoliselta ajalta, 1200-luvun lopulta. Ehdottomasti vierailemisen arvoinen, historiaa henkivä kirkko! Tämä kirkko on myös yksi tiekirkoista, jossa on kesäaikaan opas paikan päällä. Voit tutustua tähän kirkkoon vaikkapa Sastamalan kirkkovaelluksen merkeissä. Se tarjoaa kokemuksen entisajan kirkkomatkasta. Googlaa lisää:
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