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.
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