St. Lawrence's Church

Lohja, Finland

Lohja church is the third biggest medieval church in Finland. It dates back to the 15th century, probably between years 1470 and 1490. Impressive chalk paintings inside the church are made in the regime of bishop Arvid Kurki (1510-1522).

The Lohja parish was established in 1230s or 1240s and there have been several wooden churches before the present one. Also origins of the bell tower date back to the Middle Ages. The upper part was added in 1740.

The church site is named as the national built heritage by National Board of Antiques.

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Kirkkokatu 1, Lohja, Finland
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Founded: 1470-1490
Category: Religious sites in Finland
Historical period: Middle Ages (Finland)

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Inkeri Uro (10 months ago)
Kaunis vanha kivikirkko jossa säilynyt piirrokset alusta asti
Tomi Syrjä (10 months ago)
Erittäin hieno rakennus. 1700 luvun piirrokset peittävät koko sisätilan.
Irmeli Wikman (10 months ago)
En av mina kära kyrkor. Stolt och fin kyrka med vackra målningar inomhus. Kyrkan ger sin prägel åt hela samhället.
Ari Kemppinen (2 years ago)
Came here during the "Christmas Fair of the Olden times", to safe from the cold and damp weather. The church is really massive stone building with a black, shingle roof. The drawings onnthe walls inside are really rare and special for Finnish churches. Acoustics are good. Toilets are located downstairs, you have to take steep stairs to go there.
Marko Mikael Tenkanen (3 years ago)
A wonderful stone church from the 15th century. The biblical drawings inside are very rare in Finland.
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