Travels in Finland and abroad

October 30, 2009

Sculptor’s private wooden church / Iglesia privada de madera de Escultora / Église privée en bois du sculpteur

In English:

Inside this church by made by female artist Eva Ryynänen 1915-2001 (Paateri, Finland) one cannot find gold. Everything is made from wood.

En español:

Dentro de esta iglesia por Eva Ryynänen 1915-2001 (Paateri, Finlandia) no se puede encontrar oro. Todo está hecho de madera.

En français:

Dedans cette église par Eva Ryynänen 1915-2001 (Paateri, Finlande) ne peut pas trouver de l’or. Tout est fait en bois.

Private wooden church

Private wooden church

Private wooden church

Private wooden church

Private wooden church

Private wooden church

Private wooden church

Private wooden church

Private wooden church

Private wooden church

Private wooden church

Private wooden church

Private wooden church

Private wooden church

Private wooden church

Private wooden church

Private wooden church

Private wooden church

Private wooden church

Private wooden church

Private wooden church

Private wooden church

Private wooden church

Private wooden church

Private wooden church

Private wooden church

Private wooden church

Private wooden church



  1. What a place this is… Such impressive carvings and architecture… Very nice photo’s too…

    Comment by Funky Slug — October 31, 2009 @ 13:38 | Reply

    • Hi Brian.

      I am really glad that You commented my photos from this special church. I was thinking that nobody is interesting in different achitecture or wooden buildings. I wish happy weekend.

      Comment by sartenada — October 31, 2009 @ 15:49 | Reply

  2. Thank you for stopping by my journal! I love your photos! You are very, very talented!

    Comment by poolagirl — November 1, 2009 @ 20:26 | Reply

  3. This is an amazing church! beautiful carvings and wooden treatments… very well photographed too! Great job!
    And Thanks for your visits, they’re greatly appreciated! 😀

    Comment by myvelleities — November 9, 2009 @ 08:06 | Reply

    • I am glad that You enjoyd this special, wooden church.

      Comment by sartenada — November 9, 2009 @ 08:09 | Reply

  4. Sartenada. thanks for visiting my blog. are you from Spain?
    I agree with you, there’s so much art in churches. two summers ago, I walked the camino de compestela in Spain and had my first feast of art in churches. it was a great memory. that I was exposed to a lot of art.
    did you take all the pictures by yourself? great pictures. It worths a book to record them all. thanks for sharing.

    Comment by lelapinamoureux — November 21, 2009 @ 01:10 | Reply

  5. Hello lelapinamoureux.

    How nice that You have noticed how much art there are in the churches, it is incredible. No, I am not from Spain, I am from Finland. Some day I’ll also walk Camino de Compostela. I appreciate that You did it. I have taken all the photos I prensent here. I am such an amateur photographer. Happy weekend.

    Comment by sartenada — November 21, 2009 @ 09:40 | Reply

  6. WOW…….il y a pas de mot pour te dire que je trouve cette église ……trop belle.
    bravo tes photos sont très belle.
    je te souhaite une bonne soirée

    Comment by frammy — November 28, 2010 @ 18:57 | Reply

    • Salut Frammy.

      Oui, c’est une église très spéciale. Pense qu’une dame l’a construit! C’est sûr que c’est l’une des églises les plus curieux dans le monde entier.

      Bonne journèe.

      Comment by sartenada — November 29, 2010 @ 08:59 | Reply

  7. Thanks for stopping by my blog.

    This church is amazing. What incredible detail and beauty. Wonderful photos.

    Comment by pearlsandprose — December 16, 2010 @ 22:55 | Reply

    • Hi pearlsandprose.

      How nice. I am very glad that You liked this “exceptional” wooden church in Finnish “wilderness”.

      Have a wonderful day.

      Comment by sartenada — December 17, 2010 @ 07:18 | Reply

  8. Oh, my gosh!

    This is so rustic and sooo appealing!

    Is this church still used today?

    I can easily picture a church like this in one of our national parks where campers can attend services.


    Comment by Deli Lanoux, Ed.D. — October 14, 2011 @ 15:00 | Reply

    • Hi Deli.

      Thank You commenting and asking. Nowadays it is a museum, I think, not in use. The Lady who made was a wood artist and she made from wood everything, but she died in 2001. This church as the museum is a “must” place to visit when in Finland. Not so easy to reach, but by no problems.

      Happy Friday!

      Comment by sartenada — October 14, 2011 @ 17:00 | Reply

  9. Wow! This is the most amazing church I have ever seen! Thank you so much for pointing me here! I am going to check out Eeva Ryynänen’s other works!

    Comment by Madhu — April 13, 2012 @ 13:58 | Reply

    • Hello Madhu.

      Thank You. I am very, very glad that You commented this private church. There must be in Internet her works, but if You wait, then I can make a post from them sometime on coming summer with 37 photos.

      Have lovely day!

      Comment by Sartenada — April 13, 2012 @ 14:05 | Reply

      • That would be cool!

        Comment by Madhu — April 13, 2012 @ 14:24 | Reply

        • You need to open up your share buttons.Easier to share on FB or Twitter

          Comment by Madhu — April 13, 2012 @ 14:26 | Reply

          • Hi Madhu.

            Well, I have to check / think this, because I have decided that I never join FB. Okay I remember one 007 called “Never Say Never Again”. 🙂

            Happy week-end!

            Comment by Sartenada — April 14, 2012 @ 11:19 | Reply

            • You don’t need to join. Makes it easier for us to share on our profiles and gets you some publicity 🙂

              Comment by Madhu — April 14, 2012 @ 12:51 | Reply

  10. Strange, strange, strange! The richness of the art and craft the box below is so different from the metal top. It looks like a long time ago there was a wooden house but somehow a maybe tornado blew away the roof, and so people built a new roof for it! Is that the case??

    Comment by kam — April 23, 2012 @ 16:03 | Reply

    • Hello Kam.

      I think that the Lady artist wanted to build from metal that snow comes easily and fast from its roof. Normally on countryside wooden churches have roofs made shingles which are treated with tar. That kind of roof resists for decades hard winters (snow and ice) and rainy autumns.

      Thank You for Your interest for this church.

      Comment by Sartenada — April 23, 2012 @ 16:17 | Reply

  11. An extraordinary vision – and beautifully shot. I’m so glad I stumbled across your photoessay:)

    Comment by The Wanderlust Gene — May 28, 2012 @ 13:59 | Reply

    • Hello The Wanderlust Gene.

      Thank You for Your visit and leaving Your comment. In Finland we have a lot of wooden churches and this private, is a great vision. Its wood art is unique as You noticed – doors pews and floor.

      Happy Monday!

      Comment by Sartenada — May 28, 2012 @ 14:16 | Reply

      • Mine’s drawing to a close, here in Sri Lanka … Hope you have a wonderful day.

        Comment by The Wanderlust Gene — May 28, 2012 @ 14:33 | Reply

  12. Thanks for letting me camp out in your blog for a little while. I had a great time and tried to leave my campsite as clean as when I arrived. I’ll be back!

    Comment by Russel Ray Photos — June 13, 2012 @ 08:15 | Reply

    • Hello Ray.

      Thank You very much for Your comment. Nice to read that You enjoyed my photos.

      Have a wonderful day!

      Comment by Sartenada — June 13, 2012 @ 08:26 | Reply

  13. some great wood here – thank you for sharing this! 🙂

    Comment by Lisa — January 25, 2014 @ 14:01 | Reply

    • Hello Lisa.

      Thank You seeing this post and leaving Your comment.

      Have a great weekend.

      Comment by Sartenada — January 25, 2014 @ 14:03 | Reply

  14. We both seemed to visit this magical place on such a wonderful day!
    You got some really great pictures here..nice work!

    Comment by bradboehringer — April 13, 2015 @ 22:26 | Reply

    • Hello Brad.

      Thank You. Magical place indeed. In Finland we small wooden churches everywhere, but this has something unique.

      Have a nice day!

      Comment by Sartenada — April 14, 2015 @ 07:06 | Reply

  15. I’ve always been a fan of finely carved wood, but I also have a great deal of respect for carvers who have the ability to maintain the rustic character and still make beautiful carvings. It took a special talent to create this marvelous building. ~James

    Comment by — May 2, 2016 @ 13:51 | Reply

    • Hello James.

      Thank You for Your praising comment. In Finland, we have woodcarvings great tradition. For example, few year ago we has a contest of bear carving. They are awesome. Easily found in my Bear carving contest1. Matti.

      Have a great day!

      Comment by Sartenada — May 2, 2016 @ 13:57 | Reply

  16. oh que j’aime cette église toute simple et tellement belle!!!!! extraordinaire!

    Comment by malyloup — October 9, 2018 @ 09:25 | Reply

    • Coucou Maly.

      C’est unique, mais c’est situé dans le “coin perdu”. Ses portes et ses bancs sont en bois. Parfois j’y vais encore. Merci.

      Comment by Sartenada — October 9, 2018 @ 11:19 | Reply

  17. Very beautiful!

    Comment by utesmile — September 11, 2019 @ 08:29 | Reply

    • Thank You Ute. I am very glad that you commented this unique Church made by a female artist! This shows that she had imagination and knew how to utilize Wood as a material for art.

      Comment by Sartenada — September 11, 2019 @ 09:54 | Reply

  18. Remarkable look into almost inconceivable works. I particularly am awestruck by the apparent one piece wood doors and handles, and those are just the architectural details. Nice images and comments. M 🙂

    Comment by mvschulze — September 30, 2019 @ 02:46 | Reply

    • Hello M.

      How nice it was to red your comment. I am glad that you appreciated artist’s art work. I also love very much doors and handles. Thank you.

      Have a good day!

      Comment by Sartenada — September 30, 2019 @ 06:26 | Reply

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