Sartenada's photo blog / Blog de foto de Sartenada

July 6, 2012

Old red wooden church / Vieja iglesia roja de madera / Vieille église rouge en bois

In English:

By car, this old wooden church which is one of the oldest wooden church in Finland at Loppi, can be reached in less than one hour from Helsinki. It is from late 1660’s or more exactly 1665 / 1666. Local people call this church “Santa Pirjo” meaning Santa Brigitta or more precisely – Bridget of Sweden.

Inside there is not so much to see, but when inside everyone understand immediately that the church is old. What is nice that there during the summer evening prayer in the church is on Thursday evenings at 20.00.

En español:

En carro esta vieja iglesia de madera, una de la más antiguas iglesias de madera en Finlandia en Loppi, se puede llegar en menos de una hora de Helsinki. Es a partir de finales de 1660 o probablemente 1665 / 1666. Los lugareños llaman a esta iglesia “Santa Pirjo”, es decir de Santa Brigitta o, más precisamente Brígida de Suecia. En el interior no hay mucho que ver, pero cuando en el interior cada uno comprenden inmediato que la iglesia es vieja. Lo bueno que hay, la oración de la noche durante el verano a las 20.00 horas los jueves.

En francais:

En voiture cette vieille église en bois, une des plus anciennes églises en bois de Finlande en Loppi, peut être atteint en moins d’une heure de Helsinki. C’est à partir de la fin de 1660 ou peut-être que 1665 / 1666. Les gens du pays appellent cette église “Santa Pirjo”, c’est-à dire que Santa Brigitta, ou plus précisément Brigitte de Suède. A l’intérieur il n’y a pas grand chose à voir, mais quand à l’intérieur tout le monde de comprendre immédiatement que l’église est vieille. La bonne chose est, la prière de la nuit pendant l’été à 20h00 le jeudi.

Old red wooden church / Vieja iglesia roja de madera / Vieille église rouge en bois

Old red wooden church / Vieja iglesia roja de madera / Vieille église rouge en bois

Old red wooden church / Vieja iglesia roja de madera / Vieille église rouge en bois

Old red wooden church / Vieja iglesia roja de madera / Vieille église rouge en bois

Old red wooden church / Vieja iglesia roja de madera / Vieille église rouge en bois

Old red wooden church / Vieja iglesia roja de madera / Vieille église rouge en bois

Old red wooden church / Vieja iglesia roja de madera / Vieille église rouge en bois

Old red wooden church / Vieja iglesia roja de madera / Vieille église rouge en bois

Old red wooden church / Vieja iglesia roja de madera / Vieille église rouge en bois

Old red wooden church / Vieja iglesia roja de madera / Vieille église rouge en bois

Old red wooden church / Vieja iglesia roja de madera / Vieille église rouge en bois

Old red wooden church / Vieja iglesia roja de madera / Vieille église rouge en bois

Old red wooden church / Vieja iglesia roja de madera / Vieille église rouge en bois

Old red wooden church / Vieja iglesia roja de madera / Vieille église rouge en bois

Old red wooden church / Vieja iglesia roja de madera / Vieille église rouge en bois

Old red wooden church / Vieja iglesia roja de madera / Vieille église rouge en bois

Old red wooden church / Vieja iglesia roja de madera / Vieille église rouge en bois

Old red wooden church / Vieja iglesia roja de madera / Vieille église rouge en bois

Old red wooden church / Vieja iglesia roja de madera / Vieille église rouge en bois

Old red wooden church / Vieja iglesia roja de madera / Vieille église rouge en bois

Old red wooden church / Vieja iglesia roja de madera / Vieille église rouge en bois

Old red wooden church / Vieja iglesia roja de madera / Vieille église rouge en bois

Old red wooden church / Vieja iglesia roja de madera / Vieille église rouge en bois

Old red wooden church / Vieja iglesia roja de madera / Vieille église rouge en bois

Old red wooden church / Vieja iglesia roja de madera / Vieille église rouge en bois

Old red wooden church / Vieja iglesia roja de madera / Vieille église rouge en bois

Old red wooden church / Vieja iglesia roja de madera / Vieille église rouge en bois

Old red wooden church / Vieja iglesia roja de madera / Vieille église rouge en bois

Old red wooden church / Vieja iglesia roja de madera / Vieille église rouge en bois

Old red wooden church / Vieja iglesia roja de madera / Vieille église rouge en bois

Old red wooden church / Vieja iglesia roja de madera / Vieille église rouge en bois

Old red wooden church / Vieja iglesia roja de madera / Vieille église rouge en bois

Old red wooden church / Vieja iglesia roja de madera / Vieille église rouge en bois

Old red wooden church / Vieja iglesia roja de madera / Vieille église rouge en bois

Old red wooden church / Vieja iglesia roja de madera / Vieille église rouge en bois

Old red wooden church / Vieja iglesia roja de madera / Vieille église rouge en bois

Old red wooden church / Vieja iglesia roja de madera / Vieille église rouge en bois

Old red wooden church / Vieja iglesia roja de madera / Vieille église rouge en bois

Old red wooden church / Vieja iglesia roja de madera / Vieille église rouge en bois

Old red wooden church / Vieja iglesia roja de madera / Vieille église rouge en bois

Old red wooden church / Vieja iglesia roja de madera / Vieille église rouge en bois

Old red wooden church / Vieja iglesia roja de madera / Vieille église rouge en bois

Old red wooden church / Vieja iglesia roja de madera / Vieille église rouge en bois

Old red wooden church / Vieja iglesia roja de madera / Vieille église rouge en bois

Old red wooden church / Vieja iglesia roja de madera / Vieille église rouge en bois

Old red wooden church / Vieja iglesia roja de madera / Vieille église rouge en bois

Old red wooden church / Vieja iglesia roja de madera / Vieille église rouge en bois

Old red wooden church / Vieja iglesia roja de madera / Vieille église rouge en bois

Old red wooden church / Vieja iglesia roja de madera / Vieille église rouge en bois

Old red wooden church / Vieja iglesia roja de madera / Vieille église rouge en bois

Old red wooden church / Vieja iglesia roja de madera / Vieille église rouge en bois

Old red wooden church / Vieja iglesia roja de madera / Vieille église rouge en bois

Old red wooden church / Vieja iglesia roja de madera / Vieille église rouge en bois

Old red wooden church / Vieja iglesia roja de madera / Vieille église rouge en bois

Old red wooden church / Vieja iglesia roja de madera / Vieille église rouge en bois

Old red wooden church / Vieja iglesia roja de madera / Vieille église rouge en bois

Old red wooden church / Vieja iglesia roja de madera / Vieille église rouge en bois

Old red wooden church / Vieja iglesia roja de madera / Vieille église rouge en bois

Old red wooden church / Vieja iglesia roja de madera / Vieille église rouge en bois

Old red wooden church / Vieja iglesia roja de madera / Vieille église rouge en bois

Old red wooden church / Vieja iglesia roja de madera / Vieille église rouge en bois

Old red wooden church / Vieja iglesia roja de madera / Vieille église rouge en bois

Old red wooden church / Vieja iglesia roja de madera / Vieille église rouge en bois

Old red wooden church / Vieja iglesia roja de madera / Vieille église rouge en bois

Old red wooden church / Vieja iglesia roja de madera / Vieille église rouge en bois

Old red wooden church / Vieja iglesia roja de madera / Vieille église rouge en bois

Old red wooden church / Vieja iglesia roja de madera / Vieille église rouge en bois

Old red wooden church / Vieja iglesia roja de madera / Vieille église rouge en bois

Old red wooden church / Vieja iglesia roja de madera / Vieille église rouge en bois

Old red wooden church / Vieja iglesia roja de madera / Vieille église rouge en bois

Old red wooden church / Vieja iglesia roja de madera / Vieille église rouge en bois

Old red wooden church / Vieja iglesia roja de madera / Vieille église rouge en bois

Old red wooden church / Vieja iglesia roja de madera / Vieille église rouge en bois

Old red wooden church / Vieja iglesia roja de madera / Vieille église rouge en bois

Old red wooden church / Vieja iglesia roja de madera / Vieille église rouge en bois

Old red wooden church / Vieja iglesia roja de madera / Vieille église rouge en bois

Old red wooden church / Vieja iglesia roja de madera / Vieille église rouge en bois

Old red wooden church / Vieja iglesia roja de madera / Vieille église rouge en bois

Old red wooden church / Vieja iglesia roja de madera / Vieille église rouge en bois

Old red wooden church / Vieja iglesia roja de madera / Vieille église rouge en bois

Old red wooden church / Vieja iglesia roja de madera / Vieille église rouge en bois

Old red wooden church / Vieja iglesia roja de madera / Vieille église rouge en bois

Old red wooden church / Vieja iglesia roja de madera / Vieille église rouge en bois

Old red wooden church / Vieja iglesia roja de madera / Vieille église rouge en bois

Do not miss – Finland’s most famous wooden church in Petäjävesi (in the Unesco world inheritance catalogue).

Old church at Petajavesi

Next post after three or four weeks / Siguiente post después de tres o cuatro semanas / Le post suivant, après trois ou quatre semaines

56 Comments »

  1. I love the beauty of this old church..wonderful photos!

    Comment by Roberta — July 6, 2012 @ 06:27 | Reply

    • Hello Roberta.

      I am very happy that You love this old wooden church. I have been quite busy this summer and not having time for photographic tours. So, I remembered one day that this church is quite near to me and drove to take photos from it.

      Happy Friday!

      Comment by Sartenada — July 6, 2012 @ 07:01 | Reply

  2. I wonder if those floorboards are still safe to walk on. What a long time for a structure to stay standing! Great shots, Matti.

    Comment by wordsfromanneli — July 6, 2012 @ 06:57 | Reply

    • Hi Anneli.

      No problems. They are in real thick. I think that in former days carpenters used “better” material than today. Thank You leaving Your comment.

      Have a lovely day!

      Comment by Sartenada — July 6, 2012 @ 07:04 | Reply

  3. Thank you again for some wonderful photos of a remarkable subject. Once again, you have demonstrated to me that one week in Helsinki is not enough. I should spend much more time exploring your lovely countryside and the old churches. You can be sure I will show these photos to the Pastor in our church and I know he will have the same admiration and respect as myself. Thank you again.
    Clive

    Comment by Clive and Adi Anderson — July 6, 2012 @ 08:48 | Reply

    • Hello Clive and Adi.

      Thank You. It sounds great that You’ll show photos from this old church to Your Pastor. It is true that one week is not enough to explore every interesting things, towns, historic places etc. Last week I got a comment to my post presenting 100 angels’ church from a person living in the States who visited in Finland in so many places, even in quite in the North, from East to West that I am yet today amazed.

      Here is the post in which You can find his comment (at this time the last one):

      100 angels’ church

      Happy week-end to You both!

      Comment by Sartenada — July 6, 2012 @ 09:18 | Reply

  4. Fotos maravillosas, llenas de color y belleza, como siempre, besos

    Comment by ManoliRizoFotografia — July 6, 2012 @ 09:29 | Reply

    • Hola Manoli.

      ¡Qué agradable sorpresa a leer tu comentario!

      Feliz fin de semana. Abrazos y besitos.

      Comment by Sartenada — July 6, 2012 @ 10:52 | Reply

  5. Beautiful Photos Sartenada! What a lovely old church!

    Comment by Madhu — July 6, 2012 @ 10:07 | Reply

    • Hi Madhu.

      I am very glad that You commented this post. Thank You.

      Happy Friday!

      Comment by Sartenada — July 6, 2012 @ 10:42 | Reply

  6. It’s really beautiful – simple and rustic, but very dignified at the same time. Thanks for a great post!

    Comment by megtraveling — July 6, 2012 @ 13:57 | Reply

    • Hi Megtraeling.

      I am very happy that You appreciate this old church and left here Your comment.

      Have a lovely week-end!

      Comment by Sartenada — July 6, 2012 @ 14:24 | Reply

  7. The building itself, and all the hand-hewn boards that you see on the inside are just beautiful. The photos make me think of the carpenters and blacksmiths and painters who put their hearts into creating this church. I hope you have a wonderful weekend, Matti! Janet

    Comment by Heart To Harp — July 6, 2012 @ 14:03 | Reply

    • Hello Janet.

      Thank You commenting and using so kind words concerning about carpenters’ skills. I am gonna have a break as I told before comments.

      Happy week-end to You also. Hello Janet.

      Comment by Sartenada — July 6, 2012 @ 14:21 | Reply

  8. I loved getting to see the interior of the church. I am amazed that a wooden structure has lasted so long and is in such good shape.

    Comment by Deb Platt — July 6, 2012 @ 15:02 | Reply

    • Hi Deb.

      I am delighted that You did check my post. Thank You very much for Your kind words.

      Happy Friday!

      Comment by Sartenada — July 6, 2012 @ 15:04 | Reply

  9. Matti, what a magnificent church!

    Remember when you commented on my blog about the padded pews? Well, this church certainly must’ve had everyone sitting straight and paying attention! I know I certainly would’ve tripped on the floor barrier between the pews, too.

    It’s interesting that I was just reading about St. Bridgette recently, and here you posted this. And the painting? OMG. That would certainly go nicely with my Lady of Sorrows post.

    Thanks again, Matti. Great job.

    Comment by Deli Lanoux, Ed.D. — July 6, 2012 @ 15:33 | Reply

    • Hi Deli.

      Yes, I remember very well also my comment and I had in my mind that I show to You old pews. I’m sure that in this church people did not sleep during the sermons!

      Thank You for Your comment.

      Happy week-end!

      Comment by Sartenada — July 6, 2012 @ 15:39 | Reply

  10. I really like the rustic interior of this old church. The detailed carvings on the pulpit are amazing, but the entire interior is beautiful. Thanks for sharing this gorgeous place with us.

    Comment by seniorhiker — July 6, 2012 @ 16:34 | Reply

    • Hi George.

      This is indeed a different looking church. Thank You leaving Your comment.

      Happy week-end!

      Comment by Sartenada — July 7, 2012 @ 10:11 | Reply

  11. How beautiful! I wouldn’t say that there isn’t much to see inside. I’ve never seen a church like that before and may never. Thank you so much for sharing! The pictures are beautiful and I love the colors!

    Comment by Carol Dunnigan — July 6, 2012 @ 17:19 | Reply

    • Hello Carol.

      I am very glad that You visited my site and left Your comment here. Thank You.

      Happy week-end!

      Comment by Sartenada — July 7, 2012 @ 10:09 | Reply

  12. These churches strike me as places where you go to listen to someone talk about the bible. They are not ornate or overwhelming with symbols. I imagine that the people are the same. They don’t need to see all of the statues and stained glass windows to worship god.
    One thing I did find odd though was the chandelier. Was that added at a later time as it just seems so out of place.

    We had a gorgeous Chandelier that was in the museum and it hung in the main entrance hall. But it had come from a later period and it just did not fit in with the surrounding building or era. It had been a donation from someone in the 50’s but still, they decided to take it out.

    I enjoyed the post and very nice photos.

    Comment by kareninhonolulu — July 6, 2012 @ 21:18 | Reply

    • Hi Karen.

      Thank You for Your interest in my post. I do not have any idea about those chandeliers hanging in the ceiling or that on the floor. So sorry. That one on the floor seems to be made by blacksmith.

      I have made earlier a post presenting some chandeliers in our churches.

      Antique church chandeliers

      Have a happy week-end!

      Comment by Sartenada — July 7, 2012 @ 10:01 | Reply

  13. That old church is awesome! I can only imagine what must go through one’s mind when worshipping there; thinking of all of the thousands who have done so over all those years. I have a sense that I would like it there better than in one of the nice new ones and would love to attend one of those evening prayer services.

    Comment by Montucky — July 7, 2012 @ 03:34 | Reply

    • Hi Terry.

      I think that in the old days people had a very deep faith and the church was to them a real holy place. I am happy that You left Your comment. Thank You.

      I wish to You a very happy week-end!

      Comment by Sartenada — July 7, 2012 @ 10:07 | Reply

  14. There is something rich and beautiful with old churches. The woodwork, the architectural details, the fascinating stories , the simple yet functional interiors are all fascinating. Stunning images. Thanks.

    Comment by island traveler — July 7, 2012 @ 10:21 | Reply

    • Hello Island traveler.

      Thank You for Your kind comment. I am very happy that You visited my blog.

      Happy week-end!

      Comment by Sartenada — July 7, 2012 @ 11:05 | Reply

  15. Thanks for sharing the beautiful photos. I love old buildings of all kinds, especially churches. Have a great weekend!

    Comment by dragonflyquiltworks — July 7, 2012 @ 12:50 | Reply

    • Hello Dragonflyquiltworks.

      I am happy that You did like this old wooden church. I think that as old as this one there are only a few in the whole world.

      Happy week-end to You also.

      Comment by Sartenada — July 7, 2012 @ 12:56 | Reply

  16. What a beautiful little churh, the interior is so authentic… All this wood, it’s amazing !!!
    Have a lovely weekend Matti🙂

    Comment by Tamara — July 7, 2012 @ 13:04 | Reply

    • Bonjour Tamara.

      Thank You. The word “authentic” fit very well when describing this church. It was so nice that You checked my post.

      Happy week-end to You Tamara also.

      Comment by Sartenada — July 7, 2012 @ 13:34 | Reply

  17. Hi Matti,
    Love the simplicity of the older, wooden hand-crafted Nordic churches – beautiful woodwork and timber-framing – soft, warm honey colors inside, and antique red outside.🙂

    Comment by Elin — July 7, 2012 @ 18:50 | Reply

    • Hello Elin.

      That red was also very typical color sometimes between 1930 and 1950 in many detached houses on countryside. It is called here in Finland red ochre and people could themselves cook it. Also it has been used already on prehistoric times when painting rock paintings in Finland. Thank You for Your visit and comment.

      Happy Sunday.

      Comment by Sartenada — July 8, 2012 @ 07:16 | Reply

  18. Absolutely stunning. The aesthetic beauty alone is incredible, and on top of that there’s such a clear air of history, reverence and peace. If there’s a heaven, I hope it looks and feels a lot like this!

    Comment by kathryningrid — July 7, 2012 @ 18:52 | Reply

    • Hello Kathryningrid.

      Thank You for Your visit of my site and leaving Your comment. I am very happy hat You did like this small historic wooden church.

      Happy Sunday!

      Comment by Sartenada — July 8, 2012 @ 07:20 | Reply

  19. looks like it was converted from a farm house! thx for sharing!

    Comment by kam — July 8, 2012 @ 18:10 | Reply

    • Hi Kam.

      I am happy that You saw this historic wooden church. Thank You for Your comment.

      Happy Monday!

      Comment by Sartenada — July 9, 2012 @ 17:30 | Reply

  20. The carved pulpit is beautiful, and seems to me very typical of Finland. The glass chandeliers are a surprising feature! The whole church has an almost abandoned look about it, until you see the crisp white cloth and the carefully piled modern hymnbooks.
    Enjoy your break!
    Janice.

    Comment by Janice — July 9, 2012 @ 13:38 | Reply

    • Hello Janice.

      So nice comment I love it.

      You noticed that I have break. We have so much to do in our home and this week my wife is on beading course and I am zigzagging around in my country on countryside far away from our home photographing something special which can be found in churches in Finland only! My series from that start next January.

      Happy summer!

      Comment by Sartenada — July 9, 2012 @ 17:35 | Reply

  21. This church is so simple in architecture and materials (wood), and this makes it, in my opinion, a unique and exceptionally beautiful building.

    Comment by Truels — July 10, 2012 @ 01:00 | Reply

    • Hi Truels.

      Thank You for Your kind and understanding comment. I am very happy from that.

      Happy Tuesday evening!

      Comment by Sartenada — July 10, 2012 @ 19:13 | Reply

  22. Bonsoir Matti,
    Quel charme, ce vieux bois patiné, L’endroit respire vraiment la sérénité. Merveilleux !
    Bonnes vacances Matti et à bientôt .avec d’aussi jolies découvertes.
    Bises

    Comment by Marion B. — July 10, 2012 @ 21:14 | Reply

    • Bonjour Marion.

      Merci beaucoup d’avoir faites ton amical commentaire. Je suis heureux de ça. Bon été à toi et les tiennes et les jours ensoleillés!

      Bises.

      Comment by Sartenada — July 12, 2012 @ 16:37 | Reply

  23. The church is so beautiful in its simplicity. Thank you for sharing the photos.

    Comment by Karen — July 11, 2012 @ 14:39 | Reply

    • Hello Karen.

      I am very glad when receiving Your nice comment.

      Have a lovely day!

      Comment by Sartenada — July 12, 2012 @ 16:27 | Reply

  24. Très jolie cette ancienne église. En dépit de son apparente simplicité, il s’y trouve de beaux éléments en bois sculptés, notamment la chaire. J’aime le tapis suspendu au mur, une technique de tissage que je ne connais pas, des couleurs du style Amish et cette croix au centre ? Le chandelier est très différent, peut-être un don ?La scéne peinte est magnifique. J’aime vraiment le dépouillement de cette église qui permet aux fidèles de se recueillir davantage pour prier. Merci Matti.

    Comment by isathreadsoflife — July 13, 2012 @ 21:23 | Reply

    • Isa,

      à partir de ton commentaire, je vois, que toi comprends ça, ce qui signifie ancien et historique. Oui, peut-être c’est un don.

      Merci beaucoup.

      Comment by Sartenada — July 16, 2012 @ 06:45 | Reply

  25. The church looks to be in great condition for being from the 1600s!

    Comment by Ducky's Always Hungry — July 19, 2012 @ 18:23 | Reply

    • Hello Alisa.

      That’s the point! I am glad that You commented this post and did understand its age and condition.

      Happy Friday.

      Comment by Sartenada — July 20, 2012 @ 06:35 | Reply

  26. Just wanted you to know I nominated you for 2 inspiring blog awards because I think your blog is awesome and if it will help others to venture to your blog then that will be awesome too. You can see the lil wards at my blog here: http://senselessblather.wordpress.com/2012/07/22/inspiring-blog-award/

    Comment by Amanda Jolly — July 23, 2012 @ 04:50 | Reply

    • Hello Amanda.

      Thank You very much for nominating me. At this moment I am yet at two weeks’ blogging pause meaning that I occasionally read interesting posts, but my next new post will be published on Friday the third in August. So by nominating me, that was a great surprise.

      I added Your nomination to my earlier nominations. Here:

      Versatile Blogger Awards and Inspiring Blog Award

      Comment by Sartenada — July 23, 2012 @ 12:16 | Reply

  27. Nice photos and nice blog – like it.

    Comment by hellboy2503 — August 6, 2012 @ 11:08 | Reply

    • Hi Hellboy2503.

      I am very happy that You like my photo blog. Thank You stopping by and leaving Your comment.

      Happy Monday.

      Comment by Sartenada — August 6, 2012 @ 14:37 | Reply

  28. great church images! keep on clicking!

    Comment by Junsjazz — October 19, 2012 @ 15:51 | Reply

    • Thank You. sure, I will.

      Happy Friday!

      Comment by Sartenada — October 19, 2012 @ 16:18 | Reply


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