The Ulvila Church, dedicated to St. Olaf, is one of the most significant medieval buildings in Finland. The first church was built probably in 13th century to Liikistö, which was a local trade centre. According old documents the graveyard around the church was consecrated in 1347 and church was burnt badly in 1429. Historians believe that the present stone church was built after that between 1495-1510.

There are several medieval and newer artefacts inside the church, for example crucifix and statue of St. Olaf from the 1430s and communion cup from the end of Middle Ages.

The Church has been renovated several times. During the latest renovation in 2005 archaeologists found the biggest medieval coin treasure in Finland. It was buried near the sacristy stone wall in 1390s and included 1476 silver coins.

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Saarentie 2-44, Ulvila, Finland
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Founded: 1495-1510
Category: Religious sites in Finland
Historical period: Middle Ages (Finland)

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Ilkka Lainema (3 months ago)
Fine, old stone church. A prosperous region, when such was achieved half a millennium ago!
Sari Marttila (5 months ago)
An insanely wonderful and atmospheric church with a touch of history.
Erin Batten-Hicks (10 months ago)
My great great grandma was married here! She soon after came to America
Pertti Toivanen (13 months ago)
A wonderful medieval place of silence!
Jorma Lindqvist (16 months ago)
Very beautiful and historic medieval church. A small, also interesting museum assembled in the armory. The environment is also worth experiencing
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