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Kerimaki Church

Address: Kerimaentie, Kerimaki, Finland
Phone Number: 015 578 9123
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Ranked #1 of 1 Attractions in Kerimaki
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites, Cultural
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Type: Religious Sites, Cultural
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Jyvaskyla, Finland
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71 reviews 71 reviews
44 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

The sheer scale of building is awesome when you know its made of wood. Has a separate bell tower - which is apparently very Finnish. It was not open. Is due in 2015 to start acting as a concert hall for classical music to compliment the opera season at nearby Olavin castle in Savonlinna

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L'Estartit, Spain
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13 reviews 13 reviews
10 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

The church of Kerimäki is the world’s largest Christian wooden church and has the most spacious interior in Finland. Designed by Anders Fredrik Granstedt and built between 1844 and 1847, the church has a length of 45 metres, a width of 42 m, a height of 37 m and a seating capacity of more than 3,000. The construction was completed... More 

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Brussels, Belgium
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19 reviews 19 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

It is a huge church, the largest wooden church in the world apparently. It is definitely worth a visit since it is so unique and you must also climb the stairs to the top to see the view.

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Helsinki, Finland
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22 reviews 22 reviews
8 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014 via mobile

Kerimäki wooden church has a very special feeling in it. It starts when you enter the church. Strong wooden scent and massive interior makes the experience more intense. High ceiling with wooden structures is something you don't very often see. The church is actually worlds largest wooden church.

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Helsinki, Finland
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37 reviews 37 reviews
17 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

The church and the surroundings are very nice! There is a nice observatory nearby also where you can enjoy the view over the lake! Out of season a bit hard to find a place for coffee though

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St. Petersburg, Russia
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2014

It is THE LARGEST wooden church in the world. A sure must see! It is a summer church and closed in winter, except for Christmas mass (Dec, 24).

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Fortuna, California
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17 reviews 17 reviews
3 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2013

This church is only open to the public from June until the end of August. I went in September so i was only able to take pictures. Beautiful. I was disappointed I could not go inside. There is a lovely cafe right across the street. (Not the Ravintola which is more resturant like.) This place was more low key and... More 

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Centerville, Pa
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57 reviews 57 reviews
20 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2013

Being one who admires the architecture of all sorts of houses of worship, I was determined to take a look at Kerimaki church in Finland's Lake district in the Southeastern part of that country. Billed as the largest wooden church inthe world, Kerimaki begins working on your sense of awe even before you set foot in the door. Inside the... More 

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Munich
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

The church overshadows the entire town. One wonders what they had in mind---where would the 5,000 worshipers come from?

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St.Petersburg
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26 reviews 26 reviews
14 attraction reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2013

It is said that the size of the church was the result of a miscalculation when it was built (the architect was working in centimetres, which the builder misunderstood to be inches, which are 2.54 times larger). But most likely the church was actually intended to be as big as it is, so it could easily accommodate 5000 people at... More 

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