Rymättylä Church

Naantali, Finland

The greystone church of St. Jacob, built in 1510s, is one of the most attractive churches in Finland. The medieval interior is very well-preserved, including wall paintings and several artefacts. The oldest item, a beautiful wooden statue with original colours from the 1350's is known as the smiling James of Rymättylä.

Finnish National Board of Antiques has named the church site as national built heritage.

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Vanhatie 4, Naantali, Finland
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Details

Founded: 1510
Category: Religious sites in Finland
Historical period: Middle Ages (Finland)

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4.1/5 (based on Google user reviews)

User Reviews

Esa Alasmaa (2 years ago)
Suomen kaunein kirkko!
virva salo (2 years ago)
Mielenkiintoinen, tosi vanha kirkko.
Johanna L (2 years ago)
Vanha kivikirkko
Andrea Borghi (2 years ago)
Meraviglioso ...inaspettato
Satu Leppiaho (2 years ago)
En nähnyt alttarille
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