Sartenada's photo blog / Blog de foto de Sartenada

February 7, 2011

Antique church chandeliers / Viejas lámparas de araña / Vieux lustres

In English:

Antique church chandeliers in our churches.

When looking at my photos from chandeliers, please keep in mind, that the majority has been photographed in small churches owned by poor parishes far away from highways. Only couple of photos are photographed in bigger towns.

Many chandeliers are from brass, but there are also some from wood.

En español:

Viejas lámparas de araña en nuestras iglesias.

Antiguos candelabros de iglesia en nuestras iglesias.

Al mirar mis fotos de lámparas de araña, por favor, tenga en cuenta que la mayoría ha sido fotografiada en las iglesias pequeñas de propiedad de las parroquias pobres muy lejos de las carreteras grandes. Sólo dos fotos son fotografiados en las grandes ciudades.

Muchas lámparas son de latón, pero también hay algunos de madera.

En français:

Vieux lustres dans nos églises

Lorsque l’on regarde mes photos de lustres, s’il vous plaît, prener garde á cela, que la majorité a été photographiée dans les petites églises qui appartenant à des paroisses pauvres loin des autoroutes. Seules quelques photos sont photographiés dans les grandes villes.

Nombreux lustres sont en broze, mais il ya aussi en bois.

Alaveteli

Alaveteli

Espoo

Espoo

Hamina

Hamina

Hamina Orthodox

Hamina Orthodox

Helsinki Cathedral

Helsinki Cathedral

Iisalmi

Iisalmi

Isokyrö

Isokyrö

Joutsa

Joutsa

Kärkölä

Kärkölä

Karstula

Karstula

Kemijärvi

Kemijärvi

Kerimäki

Kerimäki

Kiuruvesi

Kiuruvesi

Kurikka

Kurikka

Lappee

Lappee

Leppävirta

Leppävirta

Loviisa

Loviisa

Luumäki

Luumäki

Maaninka

Maaninka

Mäntyharju

Mäntyharju

Naantali

Naantali

Nurmijärvi1

Nurmijärvi1

Nurmijärvi2

Nurmijärvi2

Nurmijärvi3

Nurmijärvi3

Oravainen

Oravainen

Oulu

Oulu

Parikkala1

Parikkala1

Parikkala2

Parikkala2

Petäjävesi

Petäjävesi

Pielavesi1

Pielavesi1

Pielavesi2

Pielavesi2

Rauma

Rauma

Renko

Renko

Riistavesi

Riistavesi

Savonlinna1

Savonlinna1

Savonlinna2

Savonlinna2

Savonranta

Savonranta

Tammela1

Tammela1

Tammela2

Tammela2

Tammela3

Tammela3

Tammela4

Tammela4

Tuusniemi

Tuusniemi

Valamo

Valamo

Vantaa

Vantaa

Vehmersalmi

Vehmersalmi

Vimpeli

Vimpeli

Helsinki Old Church

Helsinki Old Church

47 Comments »

  1. They are so beautiful! So much intricate design and artistry and so many different designs and all so beautiful! Amazing! Interesting to see candles on some, others electric lights. Cleaning them must be a difficult task, especially for those made of brass. The organ pipes in the background of Parikkala2 are especially pretty.

    Comment by montucky — February 7, 2011 @ 08:42 | Reply

    • Hi Montucky.

      One day, when I checked my “church photos”, I realized that I have a good collection of these chandeliers. They represent mainly those I found in “far away from highways” churches in small villages, but some are from big cities like Vantaa and Helsinki of course. Now when seeing my collection I am a little bit sad that, I did not realize to photograph these starting from the first church I visited with my digital camera.

      Cleaning must be a difficult task really, as You said.

      Glad that You liked them.

      Comment by sartenada — February 7, 2011 @ 08:53 | Reply

  2. The beauty of these is not just size and amount of ornamentation, I have a clear favourite and it’s this one: savonlinna2_chandelier_-lampara_de_arac3b1a_lustre because it achieves maximum effect with the most simple lines and form. My second favourite is the second to last photo: vimpeli1chandelier_-lampara_de_arac3b1a_lustre where there are lights at both the top and bottom of each circle… magical effect and stunning!
    I think that they are all amazing and the fact that some still have real candles in is amazing.. they either have tall ladders or these chandeliers can be lowered down for lighting?
    Don’t worry about missing the first ones… every photographer has photos they wish they had taken, be excited that these did not escape your lens and are appreciated🙂

    Comment by kiwidutch — February 7, 2011 @ 11:53 | Reply

    • Hello Kiwidutch.

      You are so right that Savonlinna2 is so simple looking, but beautiful. Vimpeli differs very much from those others. I noticed it also when I photographed it. I recall now in my mind once having been seen a sexton who cleaned some chandelier, which was lowered from a ladder. What is interesting, I think, is that one from Parikkala2. It is all wooden chandelier. The young guide in the church told me that and said that is very old and the most valuable thing in the whole church.

      Happy Monday.

      Comment by sartenada — February 7, 2011 @ 12:09 | Reply

  3. I was just about to ask if the chandelier at Loviisa was made of wood, then you said the one from Parikkala2 was. I went back to study the photo and it is difficult to see that it is wooden. Surely the candles aren’t lit now, but would only be for ornamentation? I really like the stained glass on the one at Kerimaki, it is very different. But my favourite is Vimpeli. It is simple, and not as fussy as a lot of the others. Is it actually modern, do you know? I very nice Blog.

    Comment by jackiequeen — February 7, 2011 @ 14:38 | Reply

    • Hi Jackie.

      Well, That one of Loviisa might be also wooden. The guide was not talking that, because we had another interesting thing to be talked. She played in the church our national instrument Kantele. My full HD video when the young guide Salla plays Kantele:

      Salla plays Kantele in the church of Loviisa

      BTW, Kantele has 39 strings. I guess that not so easy to play it.

      Kerimäki as a church is interesting, because it is world’s biggest wooden church. Next summer there will be my post.

      Thank You very much.

      Comment by sartenada — February 7, 2011 @ 14:57 | Reply

  4. You have a very impressive collection of chandeliers. I like all the different styles and materials used. In many ways I find the simpler chandeliers to be the most beautiful.

    Comment by seniorhiker — February 7, 2011 @ 17:27 | Reply

    • Hi George.

      Thank you so much for Your comment. Personally I like this kind of photo presentations. It is so easy to see so many different on one page and to make a comparison between them. This is part of my series “Compare” which can be found under Categories. There are 5 different Compare items at this moment and one is coming more.

      Have a nice Day.

      Comment by sartenada — February 7, 2011 @ 17:34 | Reply

  5. Hi, I have never seen a Kantele. What a nice little video. Thanks for that.

    Comment by jackiequeen — February 7, 2011 @ 17:40 | Reply

    • Oh, Jackie thank You.

      That was really nice to read. I am so glad that my video pleased You. Special music in church, fantastic! The sound is beautiful.

      Comment by sartenada — February 7, 2011 @ 17:45 | Reply

  6. Wow !!! So much different “chandeliers” !!! What an awesome collection. Have a nice day🙂

    Comment by Tamara — February 7, 2011 @ 20:13 | Reply

    • Hi Samara.

      So nice to read that You loved my “collection”.

      Happy Tuesday.

      Comment by sartenada — February 8, 2011 @ 08:37 | Reply

  7. My goodness, some of those chandeliers are elaborate! The Lappee and Leppävirta chandeliers are magnificent with all those crystals–wow! All the chandeliers show unique craftsmanship and style. I wonder what it would be like to stand in the glow of one of the antique chandeliers? I haven’t seen chandeliers like these and didn’t know there were so many kinds as well in churches! Thanks for the photo views, Sartenada.

    Comment by Anna — February 7, 2011 @ 23:27 | Reply

    • Hello Anna.

      Thank You. Those chandeliers in churches of Lappee and Leppävirta have the styles which were generally in use in many families, but without candles. Very traditional and elder people loved them. Nowadays times have been changed. Good question about to stand in the glow of antique chandeliers. I guess that a memorable moment.

      Have a wonderful day!

      Comment by sartenada — February 8, 2011 @ 08:45 | Reply

  8. Pretty amazing…from simple to very elaborate.

    Comment by kateri — February 8, 2011 @ 04:37 | Reply

    • Hi Kateri.

      Thank You. I am so glad that they pleased to You.

      Happy Tuesday!

      Comment by sartenada — February 8, 2011 @ 08:47 | Reply

  9. What a beautiful collection of Chandeliers. Love the intricate design and details. Never seen these many different ones. Thank you for sharing :)>

    Comment by Saravanan — February 8, 2011 @ 10:41 | Reply

    • Hello Sarito.

      So lovely to read Your comment. I am very pleased that my “photographic” journeys were not wasted.

      Have a wonderful day!

      Comment by sartenada — February 8, 2011 @ 11:11 | Reply

  10. This is a fantastic set!
    I love that you put all beautiful chandeliers together and present them in one go.
    I didn’t know that Finnish churches pay so much attention on their chandeliers.
    Here in England, most churches have simple chandeliers.
    The interior is also quite simple but their stained glasses are very amazing.

    Comment by London Caller — February 8, 2011 @ 12:44 | Reply

    • Hello London Caller.

      Thank You for Your so nice comment. I have been thinking these things and although our parishes are not rich, they present some art crafts in many cases. I love those wooden chandeliers although others are beautiful also. You verified my idea to present these by setting them together and so easily make comparison.

      Happy Tuesday!

      Comment by sartenada — February 8, 2011 @ 12:59 | Reply

      • Ha ha… Please.😉
        I am flattered.

        But it’s good to see a group of similar things together.
        Things can look very different when we compare them.
        But if you don’t compare, sometimes they look alike.
        So I am not sure if it’s good to compare or not sometimes…

        Comment by London Caller — February 14, 2011 @ 03:17 | Reply

  11. Magnifiques chandeliers de toutes sortes de styles. Deux d´entre eux ont particulièrement attiré mon attention: celui de l´ancienne église d´Helsinki (dernière image) et celui, plus rustique de l´église en bois de Petäjävesi. L´histoire de la Finlande se reflète sûrement dans la décoration de ses églises. Très belle série.

    Comment by Isabelle — February 8, 2011 @ 22:54 | Reply

    • Bonjour Isabelle.

      Tu as sélectionnée tes favoris parmi belles églises. La église de Petäjävesi est très connue et très particulier. La vieille église à Helsinki est élémentaire, mais sympa à l’intérieur.

      Merci de m’avoir fait un commentaire.

      Belle journée.

      Comment by sartenada — February 12, 2011 @ 09:05 | Reply

  12. Good evening Matti,
    All chandeliers look at their own kind of interesting, artistic and beautiful. The shine and the warm colors come in every single photo, excellent expression. The chandelier in the images 15 and 16, from top to bottom scrolling struck me particularly. To clean the many small crystals, is associated with hard work. Scrolled from top to bottom, are the blue candle in figure 19 and the pink candle in Figure 29, my favorite. I like them both because of the shape and colors. The colors of the interior including the chandelier in Figure 37, from top to bottom scrolling harmonize beautifully with each other. I thank you for allowing me to watch this series again and I look forward to the next. Thank you for all your nice comments and interesting information about different pictures in my blog. We wish you and Anja, all the best and health, to your everyday common paths. God bless you both. Dear greetings Christel and Detlev

    Comment by Christel — February 9, 2011 @ 23:06 | Reply

    • Guten morgen Christel.

      Thank You christel.

      I am so glad that You looked at so carefully my collection and found many beautiful among them.

      Schönes-Wochenende!

      Comment by sartenada — February 12, 2011 @ 09:09 | Reply

  13. Si nadie las cuida serán devoradas por la madre naturaleza. Unas estatuas realmente curiosas.
    Saludos

    Comment by trapatroles — February 17, 2011 @ 14:27 | Reply

    • ¡Hola!

      ¡Qué alegría al mirar que hiciste tu visita a mi blog! Estoy muy contento de que encontraste aquí algo “curioso”.

      Saludos.

      Comment by sartenada — February 17, 2011 @ 14:45 | Reply

  14. Another wonderful collection!! All the chandeliers are SO beautiful with lovely colours and the details really awesome artistic pieces, a delight to the eyes! Great work once again, as usual. Bravo!

    Comment by Anne — February 19, 2011 @ 13:01 | Reply

    • Hello Anne.

      Oh dear, thank You. I may have said this earlier, but to present them in this way is nice idea.

      Have wonderful Sunday!

      Comment by sartenada — February 19, 2011 @ 13:14 | Reply

  15. Gorgeous! I love all the ornate details! Great work!

    http://cobblestonestreets.wordpress.com/

    Comment by Just B. — June 13, 2011 @ 13:22 | Reply

    • Hello Just B.

      I am so glad that You also love these. To make a collection is very slow, because these are mainly from small churches around my country.

      Thank You.

      Comment by sartenada — June 13, 2011 @ 13:41 | Reply

  16. loved your last shot, capturing the every detail of the chandelier…

    Comment by ashkitty — October 11, 2011 @ 12:31 | Reply

    • Hi Ashkitty.

      Thank You for Your comment and for Your visit. I am glad that You found even one chandelier among all these which You loved!🙂

      Happy Tuesday!

      Comment by sartenada — October 11, 2011 @ 12:55 | Reply

  17. Those chandeliers are beautiful – so ornate. They are works of art.

    Comment by Anita Mac — December 7, 2011 @ 21:59 | Reply

    • Hello Anita.

      I am very glad that You visited my site and loved these chandeliers.

      Have a lovely day!

      Comment by sartenada — December 8, 2011 @ 08:37 | Reply

  18. Those are just beautiful. What intricate workmanship. All have been made with care right down to the least of the churches. I would so love to be able to see those churches. Wonderful post and photos

    Comment by kareninhonolulu — July 7, 2012 @ 21:03 | Reply

    • Hi Karen.

      So nice that You checked my old post. I am very proud about and also amazed that in Finland there are such kind of beauties. Next week I am going to take photos from our churches on a very large countryside area. In those churches there are something unique things which are not found anywhere else in the world. My wife is on beading course and I “hunting” churches. Exotic? My series from those unique things will start in the beginning of next year.

      Now I am taking a break with my posts.

      Sunny days to You there!

      Comment by Sartenada — July 8, 2012 @ 07:28 | Reply

  19. These pictures are magnificent! Some of these Chandeliers are absolutely out of this world. I’ve been obsessed with antique
    chandeliers
    for a number of years now. It’s only recently that I’ve been looking into purchasing one for my home though, they can be quite expensive, but without a doubt worth it.

    My favorite Chandelier was the Kerimäki one, it definitely had a touch of originality and elegance to it. The more extravagant, the better! Really appreciate these photographs, thank you!

    Comment by Emma Tameside — September 20, 2012 @ 21:58 | Reply

    • Hello Emma.

      I am very happy that You checked my post presenting Chandeliers. They are part of my collection presenting things which I have seen when visited churches in Finland. The church of Kerimäki is world’s biggest wooden church and it was nice that You did find Your favorite from there. Thank You.

      P.S. If You remember when saying to You that I am starting a new series of photos in the beginning of next year by presenting something exceptional in our churches which are not find anywhere else in the world. Then, as a part of my posts, there are more chandeliers to be admired. My series will have 15 posts and 57 churches.

      Have a wonderful day!

      Comment by Sartenada — September 21, 2012 @ 06:49 | Reply

  20. Lovely series of chandeliers.

    Comment by Stephen G. Hipperson — February 28, 2014 @ 16:53 | Reply

    • Hi Stephen.

      I appreciate Your comment. Thank You.

      Happy Saturday!

      Comment by Sartenada — March 1, 2014 @ 08:47 | Reply

  21. Todas las colecciones tienen un aspecto interesante , pero esta es muy particular y curiosa!
    Ademas admiro tu constancia y te agradezco una vez mas por mostrarnos algo tan original!

    Comment by 76sanfermo — March 1, 2014 @ 10:13 | Reply

    • Chiao Anna.

      Muchas gracias al visitar y al hacer tu comentario tan amable. Bueno, espero que no sepas que he sacado fotos acerca de 430 iglesias en Finlandia. Me gustan lo más iglesias en campestre, no las que estan situado en grandes ciudades en Finlandia. Hay muchas cosas interessantes dentro y fuera de las iglesias. Si tu vas leer mi respuesta, entonces mira a este:

      Ships inside churches.

      Buona giornata!

      Comment by Sartenada — March 1, 2014 @ 11:46 | Reply

  22. These church chandeliers are absolutely majestic.. Very nice, dear Sartenada ⭐
    Sending you all my best wishes!. Aquileana😀

    Comment by Aquileana — November 6, 2014 @ 18:19 | Reply

    • Hello Aquileana.

      I am very happy that You loved this post. Thank You for Your kind comment.

      Happy Friday!

      Comment by Sartenada — November 7, 2014 @ 11:19 | Reply

  23. They are all stunning, it is difficult to choose the best. A great theme and very well captured.

    Comment by Tokeloshe — November 13, 2014 @ 03:42 | Reply

    • Hi Linda.

      Thank You commenting my “collection” which I have found around in Finland. Mainly they are from countryside churches, churches which I love very much.

      Have a nice day!

      Comment by Sartenada — November 13, 2014 @ 08:32 | Reply


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