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“Landmark” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Archangel Michael's church

Archangel Michael's church
Puistokatu 16, Turku, Finland
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Ranked #10 of 20 Attractions in Turku
Type: Landmarks
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2013

This is a landmark in the beautiful city of Turku in S.W.Finland. The noble spire rises to a height of 77 meters, and is visible from afar. The church was designed by the architect Lars Sonck and was completed in 1905. The church is in neogothic style. The exterior is red brick, the steps, foundations and interior from Finnish stone and the roof is Norwegian slate. The church was restored in the 1980s. The organ was the main reason I visited St.Michael's. The instrument installed by the Kangasala organ company in 1965, was restored by Veikko Virtanen as part of the restoration project. However in later years this proved to be unreliable and a completely new 52 speaking stop instrument built by the Swedish firm of Anders Grönlund and designed by the present organist Marko Hakanpää, was inaugurated in October 2002. I was invited to give a lunch time summer concert in 2012. Never have I played such a magnificent instrument! St.Michael's is a popular church for weddings. The Saturday that I was there were 4 weddings in the afternoon. Do visit this church if you are in Turku. There are many concerts and activities. The church is an easy 15 minutes walk from the city centre if you fancy a stroll, and is also reached by bus.

Visited July 2012
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“Don't miss the presentation of the organ!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2013

Michael's Church is located on a hill in a charming part of Turku called Port Arthur or Portsa. It is said that this church is the one that the local people in Turku love most - it is, for example, a very popular church for weddings.

The church was designed by a famous Finnish architect Lars Sonck, who is well known for his jugend or art nouveau style buildings, including Kultaranta, the summer residence of the President of Finland in Naantali and the cathedral in Tampere. The style of the church is neogothical from the outside - but once you step inside you may be surprised of the brighter jugend or art nouveau style of the interior of the building. Take time to have a closer look at all the symbolic details of the building that have been inspired by the Finnish wildlife.

This church is open to visitors daily during the summer time. During the winter you can visit the church during or right after the service - the Evangelican-Luhteran service is held in Finnish every Sunday at 10. They also regularly organize concerts and other events in the church. See the opening times of the church here: https://www.turunseurakunnat.fi/portal/en/churches_and_chapels/michael_s_church/

NB! Every second Sunday of the month at noon the organ-player gives a presentation of the organ of the Michael's church. I found this fascinating - I was even allowed to try and play the organ and visit the inside of the instrument! If you happen to be in Turku at that time, I strongly recommend a visit to the church then!

After a visit to the church, take a half an hour or so to stroll around the Portsa area to admire the old wooden houses.

Visited February 2013
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