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Kerimaki Church

Kerimaentie, Kerimaki, Finland
015 578 9123
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Ranked #1 of 1 attractions in Kerimaki
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites
Traveler Description: The church of Kerimäki is the biggest wooden church in the world. It was built in 1847 and the building master wanted that the half of the commune of... more »
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Helsinki, Finland
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21 reviews 21 reviews
15 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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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3 reviews 3 reviews
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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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48 reviews 48 reviews
16 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 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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25 reviews 25 reviews
14 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 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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Lappeenranta, Finland
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148 reviews 148 reviews
96 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2013

We had a short visit while we were returning from Savonlinna. The church is very interesting and enchanting. When you see how bit it is you might not believe that it is entirely made of wood. There is nothing else in surrounding but its worth a stop.

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Savonlinna, Finland
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21 reviews 21 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2013

Awesome! Worlds largest wooden church and so beautiful! I really enjoyed to feel myself so small in this huge big church!

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St. Petersburg, Russia
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15 reviews 15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2012

It is claimed to be the largest wooden church in the world, but its exterior is nothing excptional or unusual from the architectural point of view.

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Melbourne, Australia
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51 attraction reviews
106 helpful votes 106 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2012

It's well worth visiting this enormous church. It's on a hill, painted yellow with white windows on the outside. Inside, on a summer day, the sunlight streamed in through all the windows. The walls and pillars are painted a marbled grey. There is a huge pipe organ and a large painting over the altar. The atmosphere is lovely. It's only... More

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