Wednesday, February 25, 2009

FI-475769, Petajavesi Church, Finland

Finland-5, originally uploaded by Abhishek's Received Postcards.

The old church at Petäjävesi was built in 1763-1764 to act as a village church in the parish of Jämsä; the dedication did not, however, take place until 1778. In 1779 Petäjävesi was made a subordinate parish and in 1867 an independent parish. In 1879 a new church was built for the parish but the old church was not abandoned.

UNESCO considered it to be a representative Lutheran church of the Scandinavian tradition, mixing Renaissance with older Gothic elements.


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