Sartenada's photo blog / Blog de foto de Sartenada

January 25, 2013

Poor-man statues 4 / Estatuas de pobre hombre 4 / Statues de Pauvre Homme 4

In English:

Original English text updated in March 2014. In this series there are presented 57 paupers.

These historical wooden Poor-man (pauper) wooden statues are presented in their original surroundings. It is difficult to understand them at first, because man can find them only in Finland and some in Sweden. They are found mainly on the area called Ostrobothnia in Finland. They are part of our cultural heritage and thus being something special. What they are, why man made them, what is their history and how many of them exist? All these questions are replied in my next three posts.

Since I saw the first one nearly ten years ago, I felt sympathy to them. They were so cute, so live looking and well made. Seeing those statues later after years, many of them were in bad condition, I came sad. I saw that time and hard weather had left marks on them. I asked myself if anybody takes care of them, because they needed urgent restoration.

According to the latest calculations there are 145 paupers from which 107 (poor-man statues) + 1 (poor-woman statue) in active service, meaning collecting money to the poor. The rest of them are found in local museums around Finland. Total number of them is calculated to been about 180. In Sweden there are only nine paupers left.

Background:

All this began in 1649 (at that time Finland was under administration of Sweden) when Swedish queen Kristina (1629 – 1689) gave order to make money collection logs. In Europe wars raged around and many soldiers wounded in wars losing foot or arm. When wounded in this way they had to return to their home. These money collection-logs were modified to pauper (poor-man) statues by local artists. They were placed usually beside church doors and on the walls of bell towers. Man built for them small wooden shelter to protect them sun shine, direct rain and snow. In recent years many churches moved them into porches. So, many pauper statues present men missing hand, foot or even ear having models from solders maimed in wars. Man must remember that in the 1700, 1800 and 1900 century people were very poor, but they visited church every Sunday faithfully. I think that these pauper statues were great start for modern help of the poor (social security).

Pauper statues have moneybox in their chest and to put coins into them there is a slot in the chest. In general the Finnish people are honest and this means that there a few robberies against the pauper statues. Robberies have happened, yes indeed. Latest robbery happened in 2013 when the whole pauper statue in Rautio was stolen. It was found after winter in a ditch. The lock and money box were missing, but the statue was in good condition. Also the pauper of Alavieska has been robbed many times. In addition to these robberies, there have been some minor mischiefs like removing hands. Many paupers have beside them a written small phrase. Although the text might slightly differ from others, the main idea is: “he who has mercy on the poor, lends to the Lord”.
My posts go this way: First I present four churches and after photos of every church I show poor man statues with general views and close-ups. Because all pauper statues are presented in their natural environment, You will see also photos from churches, Chandeliers, Pulpits,Altapieces,Altars, Memorialsand Belltowers.

Always I could not visit churches inside, but in many cases yes. Enjoy our cultural heritage!

En español:

Historia de pobres hombres tallada en madera y la estatua estatua de pobrecita mujer.

Hay 107 estatuas de pobre hombres y una estatua de pobrecita mujer.

Al manejar mi carro alrededor en mi país, sacando fotos de las iglesias he encontrado algunas estatuas raras al lado de iglesias o campanarios. Ellos eran hombres o mujeres, y siempre sus mano o el pie había desaparecido, pero de todos modos esos estatues veía bien. Al examinar más de cerca encontré un hueco en ellos. Entonces entendí que se puede poner dinero en el hueco y dentro hay una cajita. ¿Por qué estos cajas / estatuas en madera de pobre hombres mendigos, se han creado, ¿cuándo?

Todo esto empieza en 1649 cuando la reina Cristina de Suecia dio la orden para hacer los leños de los pobres y ponerlos al lado de las puertas de las iglesias, campanarios o algunos lugares públicos. Pronto los leños de los pobres fueron modificados para estatuas de pobre hombre par artistas locales en Finlandia. En ese tiempo Finlandia estaba bajo la administración de Suecia. En Europa guerras devastó todos partes en Europa y muchos soldados heridos mismos perdiendo su pie o el brazo. Cuando heridos de esta manera ellos tuvieron que regresar a su casa.

En el 1700, 1800 y 1900 la gente del siglo era muy pobre, pero ellos visitaron la iglesia todos los domingos fielmente, así el lugar natural para esas estatuas pobres-el hombre estaba fue junto a iglesias o campanarios. Tal vez estas estatuas de pobres hombres ayudó a los más pobres, por supuesto, no existen estadicas.

Este post va de esta manera: Primero presento cuatro iglesias y después las fotos de estatuas pobres hombres.

En este post Usted ve la estatua de pobre hombre más grande en Temmes.

En francais:

Histoire de statues sculptées en bois de pauvre-homme et de pauvre-femme statue.

Il ya 107 statues de pauvre-hommes et une statue pauvre femme.

Lorsque je conduisais autour dans mon pays pour prendre des photos des églises sur la campagne, j’ai trouvé quelques statues particulières à côté des églises ou des campaniles. Ils étaient des hommes ou des femmes et dont toujours la main ou le pied les manquait, mais de toute façon ces statues avaient l’air si bien. Lorsque en examinant les de plus près, j’ai trouvé une fente. Puis j’ai réalisé que l’on peut mettre des pièces à l’intérieur dans la fente du bûche. Pourquoi ces pauvres bûches / pauvre-homme de bois / bois statues mendiants ont été mis en place, quand?

Tout cela commence 1649 quand Christine de Suède a donné l’ordre de faire les pauvres bûches et de les mettre à côté des portes d’église, clochers ou de certains lieux publics. Bientôt ces pauvres bûches ont été modifiés pour homme pauvres statues par des artistes locaux en Finlande. En ce moment la Finlande était sous l’administration de la Suède. Les guerres faisaient rage autour de l’Europe et nombreux soldats blessés ont perdu le pied ou le bras. Lorsque blessés de cette façon ils devaient retourner à leur domicile.

Dans les années 1700, 1800 et 1900 les gens était très pauvres, mais ils ont visité l’église chaque dimanche fidèlement, de sorte que, le lieu naturel pour ces statues de pauvres-hommes était à côté des églises ou des campaniles. Peut-être ces statues de pauvres-hommes ont aidé les plus pauvres, mais des statistiques, ils existent pas bien sûr.

Mon poste va dans cette façon: Premièrement je présente quatre églises et puis et à la fin les photos de statues de pauvre hommes.

Dans ce post, vous voyez le plus grande statue de Pauvre Homme à Temmes.

Lappajärvi - Poor man-statues / Estatuas de pobre hombre / Statues de Pauvre Homme

Lappajärvi – Poor man-statues / Estatuas de pobre hombre / Statues de Pauvre Homme

Lappajärvi - Poor man-statues / Estatuas de pobre hombre / Statues de Pauvre Homme

Lappajärvi – Poor man-statues / Estatuas de pobre hombre / Statues de Pauvre Homme

Lappajärvi - Poor man-statues / Estatuas de pobre hombre / Statues de Pauvre Homme

Lappajärvi – Poor man-statues / Estatuas de pobre hombre / Statues de Pauvre Homme

Lappajärvi - Poor man-statues / Estatuas de pobre hombre / Statues de Pauvre Homme

Lappajärvi – Poor man-statues / Estatuas de pobre hombre / Statues de Pauvre Homme

Lappajärvi - Poor man-statues / Estatuas de pobre hombre / Statues de Pauvre Homme

Lappajärvi – Poor man-statues / Estatuas de pobre hombre / Statues de Pauvre Homme

Lappajärvi - Poor man-statues / Estatuas de pobre hombre / Statues de Pauvre Homme

Lappajärvi – Poor man-statues / Estatuas de pobre hombre / Statues de Pauvre Homme

Lappajärvi - Poor man-statues / Estatuas de pobre hombre / Statues de Pauvre Homme

Lappajärvi – Poor man-statues / Estatuas de pobre hombre / Statues de Pauvre Homme

Lappajärvi - Poor man-statues / Estatuas de pobre hombre / Statues de Pauvre Homme

Lappajärvi – Poor man-statues / Estatuas de pobre hombre / Statues de Pauvre Homme

Lappajärvi - Poor man-statues / Estatuas de pobre hombre / Statues de Pauvre Homme

Lappajärvi – Poor man-statues / Estatuas de pobre hombre / Statues de Pauvre Homme

Lappajärvi - Poor man-statues / Estatuas de pobre hombre / Statues de Pauvre Homme

Lappajärvi – Poor man-statues / Estatuas de pobre hombre / Statues de Pauvre Homme

Lappajärvi - Poor man-statues / Estatuas de pobre hombre / Statues de Pauvre Homme

Lappajärvi – Poor man-statues / Estatuas de pobre hombre / Statues de Pauvre Homme

Lappajärvi - Poor man-statues / Estatuas de pobre hombre / Statues de Pauvre Homme

Lappajärvi – Poor man-statues / Estatuas de pobre hombre / Statues de Pauvre Homme

Temmes - Poor man-statues / Estatuas de pobre hombre / Statues de Pauvre Homme

Temmes – Poor man-statues / Estatuas de pobre hombre / Statues de Pauvre Homme

Temmes - Poor man-statues / Estatuas de pobre hombre / Statues de Pauvre Homme

Temmes – Poor man-statues / Estatuas de pobre hombre / Statues de Pauvre Homme

Temmes - Poor man-statues / Estatuas de pobre hombre / Statues de Pauvre Homme

Temmes – Poor man-statues / Estatuas de pobre hombre / Statues de Pauvre Homme

Temmes - Poor man-statues / Estatuas de pobre hombre / Statues de Pauvre Homme

Temmes – Poor man-statues / Estatuas de pobre hombre / Statues de Pauvre Homme

Temmes - Poor man-statues / Estatuas de pobre hombre / Statues de Pauvre Homme

Temmes – Poor man-statues / Estatuas de pobre hombre / Statues de Pauvre Homme

Temmes - Poor man-statues / Estatuas de pobre hombre / Statues de Pauvre Homme

Temmes – Poor man-statues / Estatuas de pobre hombre / Statues de Pauvre Homme

Temmes - Poor man-statues / Estatuas de pobre hombre / Statues de Pauvre Homme

Temmes – Poor man-statues / Estatuas de pobre hombre / Statues de Pauvre Homme

Temmes - Poor man-statues / Estatuas de pobre hombre / Statues de Pauvre Homme

Temmes – Poor man-statues / Estatuas de pobre hombre / Statues de Pauvre Homme

Temmes - Poor man-statues / Estatuas de pobre hombre / Statues de Pauvre Homme

Temmes – Poor man-statues / Estatuas de pobre hombre / Statues de Pauvre Homme

Vähäkyrö -Poor man-statues / Estatuas de pobre hombre / Statues de Pauvre Homme

Vähäkyrö -Poor man-statues / Estatuas de pobre hombre / Statues de Pauvre Homme

Vähäkyrö -Poor man-statues / Estatuas de pobre hombre / Statues de Pauvre Homme

Vähäkyrö -Poor man-statues / Estatuas de pobre hombre / Statues de Pauvre Homme

Vähäkyrö -Poor man-statues / Estatuas de pobre hombre / Statues de Pauvre Homme

Vähäkyrö -Poor man-statues / Estatuas de pobre hombre / Statues de Pauvre Homme

Vähäkyrö -Poor man-statues / Estatuas de pobre hombre / Statues de Pauvre Homme

Vähäkyrö -Poor man-statues / Estatuas de pobre hombre / Statues de Pauvre Homme

Vähäkyrö -Poor man-statues / Estatuas de pobre hombre / Statues de Pauvre Homme

Vähäkyrö -Poor man-statues / Estatuas de pobre hombre / Statues de Pauvre Homme

Vähäkyrö -Poor man-statues / Estatuas de pobre hombre / Statues de Pauvre Homme

Vähäkyrö -Poor man-statues / Estatuas de pobre hombre / Statues de Pauvre Homme

Vähäkyrö -Poor man-statues / Estatuas de pobre hombre / Statues de Pauvre Homme

Vähäkyrö -Poor man-statues / Estatuas de pobre hombre / Statues de Pauvre Homme

Vähäkyrö -Poor man-statues / Estatuas de pobre hombre / Statues de Pauvre Homme

Vähäkyrö -Poor man-statues / Estatuas de pobre hombre / Statues de Pauvre Homme

Vähäkyrö -Poor man-statues / Estatuas de pobre hombre / Statues de Pauvre Homme

Vähäkyrö -Poor man-statues / Estatuas de pobre hombre / Statues de Pauvre Homme

Vähäkyrö -Poor man-statues / Estatuas de pobre hombre / Statues de Pauvre Homme

Vähäkyrö -Poor man-statues / Estatuas de pobre hombre / Statues de Pauvre Homme

Vähäkyrö -Poor man-statues / Estatuas de pobre hombre / Statues de Pauvre Homme

Vähäkyrö -Poor man-statues / Estatuas de pobre hombre / Statues de Pauvre Homme

Vähäkyrö -Poor man-statues / Estatuas de pobre hombre / Statues de Pauvre Homme

Vähäkyrö -Poor man-statues / Estatuas de pobre hombre / Statues de Pauvre Homme

Vähäkyrö -Poor man-statues / Estatuas de pobre hombre / Statues de Pauvre Homme

Vähäkyrö -Poor man-statues / Estatuas de pobre hombre / Statues de Pauvre Homme

Viitasaari - Poor man-statues / Estatuas de pobre hombre / Statues de Pauvre Homme

Viitasaari – Poor man-statues / Estatuas de pobre hombre / Statues de Pauvre Homme

Viitasaari - Poor man-statues / Estatuas de pobre hombre / Statues de Pauvre Homme

Viitasaari – Poor man-statues / Estatuas de pobre hombre / Statues de Pauvre Homme

Viitasaari - Poor man-statues / Estatuas de pobre hombre / Statues de Pauvre Homme

Viitasaari – Poor man-statues / Estatuas de pobre hombre / Statues de Pauvre Homme

Viitasaari - Poor man-statues / Estatuas de pobre hombre / Statues de Pauvre Homme

Viitasaari – Poor man-statues / Estatuas de pobre hombre / Statues de Pauvre Homme

Viitasaari - Poor man-statues / Estatuas de pobre hombre / Statues de Pauvre Homme

Viitasaari – Poor man-statues / Estatuas de pobre hombre / Statues de Pauvre Homme

Viitasaari - Poor man-statues / Estatuas de pobre hombre / Statues de Pauvre Homme

Viitasaari – Poor man-statues / Estatuas de pobre hombre / Statues de Pauvre Homme

Viitasaari - Poor man-statues / Estatuas de pobre hombre / Statues de Pauvre Homme

Viitasaari – Poor man-statues / Estatuas de pobre hombre / Statues de Pauvre Homme

Viitasaari - Poor man-statues / Estatuas de pobre hombre / Statues de Pauvre Homme

Viitasaari – Poor man-statues / Estatuas de pobre hombre / Statues de Pauvre Homme

Viitasaari - Poor man-statues / Estatuas de pobre hombre / Statues de Pauvre Homme

Viitasaari – Poor man-statues / Estatuas de pobre hombre / Statues de Pauvre Homme

Viitasaari - Poor man-statues / Estatuas de pobre hombre / Statues de Pauvre Homme

Viitasaari – Poor man-statues / Estatuas de pobre hombre / Statues de Pauvre Homme

Viitasaari - Poor man-statues / Estatuas de pobre hombre / Statues de Pauvre Homme

Viitasaari – Poor man-statues / Estatuas de pobre hombre / Statues de Pauvre Homme

Viitasaari - Poor man-statues / Estatuas de pobre hombre / Statues de Pauvre Homme

Viitasaari – Poor man-statues / Estatuas de pobre hombre / Statues de Pauvre Homme

Viitasaari - Poor man-statues / Estatuas de pobre hombre / Statues de Pauvre Homme

Viitasaari – Poor man-statues / Estatuas de pobre hombre / Statues de Pauvre Homme

Viitasaari - Poor man-statues / Estatuas de pobre hombre / Statues de Pauvre Homme

Viitasaari – Poor man-statues / Estatuas de pobre hombre / Statues de Pauvre Homme

Viitasaari - Poor man-statues / Estatuas de pobre hombre / Statues de Pauvre Homme

Viitasaari – Poor man-statues / Estatuas de pobre hombre / Statues de Pauvre Homme

Viitasaari - Poor man-statues / Estatuas de pobre hombre / Statues de Pauvre Homme

Viitasaari – Poor man-statues / Estatuas de pobre hombre / Statues de Pauvre Homme

Viitasaari - Poor man-statues / Estatuas de pobre hombre / Statues de Pauvre Homme

Viitasaari – Poor man-statues / Estatuas de pobre hombre / Statues de Pauvre Homme

Viitasaari - Poor man-statues / Estatuas de pobre hombre / Statues de Pauvre Homme

Viitasaari – Poor man-statues / Estatuas de pobre hombre / Statues de Pauvre Homme

Viitasaari - Poor man-statues / Estatuas de pobre hombre / Statues de Pauvre Homme

Viitasaari – Poor man-statues / Estatuas de pobre hombre / Statues de Pauvre Homme

Viitasaari - Poor man-statues / Estatuas de pobre hombre / Statues de Pauvre Homme

Viitasaari – Poor man-statues / Estatuas de pobre hombre / Statues de Pauvre Homme

Viitasaari - Poor man-statues / Estatuas de pobre hombre / Statues de Pauvre Homme

Viitasaari – Poor man-statues / Estatuas de pobre hombre / Statues de Pauvre Homme

Lappajärvi (photos / fotos 2007):

Church built 1765 / Iglesia construida 1765 / Église construite 1765
Belltower built 1765 / Campanario construido 1765 / Clocher construit 1765
Height of Poor-man statue 137cm (4 feet and6.0 inches) / Altura de estatua de pobre hombre 137cm / Hauteur de statue de pauvre Homme 136cm. Statue from decades 1843 / Estatua de los años 1843 / Statue dans les années 1843.

Temmes (photos / fotos 2008). Biggest Poor-man statue / Estatua de pobre hombre más grande / La plus grande statue de Pauvre Homme:

Church built 1767 / Iglesia construida 1767 / Église construite 1767
Belltower built ? / Campanario construido ?- / Clocher construite ?
Height of Poor-man statue 200cm (6 feet and 6.7 inches) / Altura de estatua de pobre hombre 200cm / Hauteur de statue de pauvre Homme 200cm. Statue from decades 1858 / Estatua de los años 1858 / Statue dans les années 1858

Vähäkyrö (photos / fotos 2008):

Church built 1803 / Iglesia construida 1803 / Église construite 1803
Belltower built 1767 / Campanario construido 1767/ Clocher construite 1767
Height of Poor-man statue 132cm (4 feet and 4.0 inches) / Altura de estatua de pobre hombre 132cm / Hauteur de statue de pauvre Homme 132cm. Statue from? / Estatua de ? / Statue de l’an de?

Viitasaari (photos / fotos 2011):

Church built 1878/ Iglesia construida 1878/ Église construite 1878
Belltower built ? / Campanario construido ? / Clocher construite ?
Height of Poor-man statue 165cm (5 feet and 4.9 inches) / Altura de estatua de pobre hombre 165cm / Hauteur de statue de pauvre Hommer 165cm. Statue from? / Estatua de ? / Statue de l’an ?

Poor-man statues 3 / Estatuas de pobre hombre 3 / Statues de Pauvre Homme 3

Poor-man statues 5 / Estatuas de pobre hombre 5 / Statues de Pauvre Homme 5

53 Comments »

  1. These statues are everywhere!! Very different from our culture.

    Comment by wordsfromanneli — January 25, 2013 @ 09:40 | Reply

    • Hi Anneli.

      I am happy that You are following my series and left Your comment.

      Have a great day!

      Comment by Sartenada — January 25, 2013 @ 11:40 | Reply

  2. I would want to “collect” these statues all over your beautiful country, Sartenada. I also love the church interiors and would want to “collect” those as well!

    Comment by Ginnie — January 25, 2013 @ 10:33 | Reply

    • Hello Ginnie.

      To collect is huge task, because they are spread on a huge area. Last summer I photographed on three days only 24 or 25 if I remember correct. They have more details than these old, because I started slowly myself to understand their historical value. This series have 15 parts and 57 Poor-man statues. My plans for next summer are “open”, but let’s see if I can continue.

      Have a great day!

      Comment by Sartenada — January 25, 2013 @ 11:46 | Reply

  3. Wonderful pictures Matti. These statues are fascinating. Churches here have always had a poor box for people to donate, here in the UK. I like these better.

    Comment by Chillbrook — January 25, 2013 @ 11:00 | Reply

    • Hi Chillbrook.

      Well said. Thank You visiting my blog, leaving Your comment and following my series of historic wooden Poor-man statues.

      Happy Friday!

      Comment by Sartenada — January 25, 2013 @ 11:48 | Reply

  4. All of stature are interesting We have similar statutes in many towns but they are different from yours 🙂

    Comment by cocomino — January 25, 2013 @ 12:28 | Reply

    • Hello Cocomino.

      Very interesting. Finns love wooden art and especially carved statues presenting animals. Our favorite animal is carved bear which can be found on countryside. I guess that You remember my post Wooden outsider art in which I present many wooden statues etc.

      Thank You commenting.

      Have a great day!

      Comment by Sartenada — January 25, 2013 @ 12:50 | Reply

  5. ! Thank your for sharing with us what seems so special and gentle!
    I loved all your photos ,the details and the colours!

    Comment by 76sanfermo — January 25, 2013 @ 13:04 | Reply

    • Hello Anna.

      How nice that You left Your comment here when visiting my post.

      Grazie mille. Hanno un grande giorno!

      Comment by Sartenada — January 25, 2013 @ 13:11 | Reply

  6. That’s interesting, I’ve never heard of them before. Are these all in Sweden?

    Comment by David Stewart — January 25, 2013 @ 13:22 | Reply

    • Hello David.

      Thank You for Your vist and leaving Your comment. No, they are not in Sweden, but in Finland!🙂

      Have a great day!

      Comment by Sartenada — January 25, 2013 @ 13:26 | Reply

  7. This has been a wonderful and inspiring series about these statues. And the churches are very beautiful too. I’m so glad you shared this information!

    Comment by megtraveling — January 25, 2013 @ 14:17 | Reply

    • Hi Megtraveling.

      Thank You for Your kind words. Isn’t it so that after seeing many of them, one starts to understand better what these are and their historic value?

      Have a great day!

      Comment by Sartenada — January 25, 2013 @ 14:41 | Reply

  8. Hi Sartenada, what a great job you have done documenting this project. The poor man statues have stood well against the test of time. The dark statue is interesting and seems so different from the rest being colorful. Do people still put money in them? Have a nice weekend!

    Comment by Bondseye — January 25, 2013 @ 15:03 | Reply

    • Hi Lisa.

      Thank You commenting and following my series. The Poor-man statue of Temmes got its color from tar and grey paint. Yes, people put some money in them, so have I done also. Sometimes these have been robbed or violated their hands.😦 I cannot understand it!

      Have a lovely day!

      Comment by Sartenada — January 25, 2013 @ 15:48 | Reply

  9. All of these churches — and the statues — are beautiful. I really like the red wooden church at Temmes, and the interior photos of the church at Viitasaari are wonderful. This entire series of posts has been marvelous.

    Comment by seniorhiker — January 25, 2013 @ 17:22 | Reply

    • Hi George.

      The church of Temmes is indeed very beautiful and it was a pity that I could not visit it inside. I have visited twice in Viitasaari village, but second time I had “success” to see it inside. Thank You commenting and following my series.

      Happy Saturday!

      Comment by Sartenada — January 26, 2013 @ 10:02 | Reply

  10. The churches are gorgeous! And the poor-man statues are really neat! I love the story behind them!

    Comment by Ducky's Always Hungry — January 25, 2013 @ 17:41 | Reply

    • Hello Alisa.

      I am happy that You stopped by my post and left Your comment. Thank You.

      Have a great week-end!

      Comment by Sartenada — January 26, 2013 @ 10:04 | Reply

  11. More wonderful photos. The churches are very beautiful.

    Comment by Northern Narratives — January 25, 2013 @ 18:03 | Reply

    • Hi Northern Narratives.

      So nice to notice that You visited my blog and left Your comment.

      Happy week-end!

      Comment by Sartenada — January 26, 2013 @ 10:06 | Reply

  12. Where is the poor woman statue?

    Comment by dearrosie — January 25, 2013 @ 18:59 | Reply

    • Hi Rosanne.

      Poor-woman statue will be seen in next post, next Friday.🙂 Thank You asking it. It is my favorite statue; the lady is very beautiful and jus to my mind.

      Have a great week-end!

      Comment by Sartenada — January 26, 2013 @ 10:15 | Reply

  13. I enjoy knowing that the people of Finland treasure old churches and old things. In my city if a building is in the same place for 50 years it is considered “old” and will likely be torn down to build something new. Thanks you for some more lovely churches and interesting statues. Happy weekend!

    Comment by Heart To Harp — January 25, 2013 @ 19:07 | Reply

    • Hi Janet.

      Thank You. These statues are situated mainly on countryside on areas which we call(ed) “church’s villages”. The sites of churches were on some crossroads, beside some lake or by the riverside. The name church’s village comes from it that church was in the center of village. When the amount of inhabitants slowly grew around churches, then church was no more in the center of village. What comes to the architecture of these churches, I think that it is interesting to see how churches on countryside are looking like. It is very understandable that churches in towns and cities differ from these which I present. I am glad that You like my post.

      Happy week-end!

      Comment by Sartenada — January 26, 2013 @ 13:03 | Reply

  14. Thanks for the interesting story for the background history to the carved wooden poor-man statues. Enjoyed the tour of photographs.

    Comment by Mary Gilmartin — January 25, 2013 @ 21:02 | Reply

    • Hello Mary.

      Thank You commenting my post and liking my photos as well as the story behind these statues.

      Have a lovely weel-end!

      Comment by Sartenada — January 26, 2013 @ 13:37 | Reply

  15. Thanks for the history of the poor man statues.I did not know where the slots were before this. I like the simplicity of the wooden church with red siding. It stands out in its green surroundings, especially now, in winter.And it is good that these buildings are preserved, I agree with the previous comments about buildings being torn down to build something new..

    Comment by janechese — January 25, 2013 @ 22:12 | Reply

    • Hi Janechese.

      Thank You for Your comment. I am happy that You came to my site to see what new I have. So, there in our world something to learn yet today.🙂

      Happy week-end!

      Comment by Sartenada — January 26, 2013 @ 13:42 | Reply

  16. These are lovely photos, Matti. And so much history there. Thank you for an informative and interesting post. Blessings.

    Comment by LizzieJoy — January 25, 2013 @ 22:17 | Reply

    • Hello Lizzie.

      So nice that You left Your comment here. I am really happy that You did like my post.

      Happy Saturday!

      Comment by Sartenada — January 26, 2013 @ 13:44 | Reply

  17. such an interesting post, your churches are very beautiful buildings, mostly timber, and i love the statues, what a wonderful way to remind people to help those less fortunate than themselves …. christine

    Comment by dadirri7 — January 25, 2013 @ 23:06 | Reply

    • Hello Christine.

      Thank You for Your comment, I appreciate it.

      Happy week-end!

      Comment by Sartenada — January 26, 2013 @ 13:47 | Reply

  18. Thank you for the beautiful series of the poor man statues, Matti! These statues are so unique. These churches are gorgeous!

    Comment by Amy — January 25, 2013 @ 23:32 | Reply

    • Hi Amy.

      Your comment made me happy. Thank You.

      Have a lovely week-end.

      Comment by Sartenada — January 26, 2013 @ 13:48 | Reply

  19. The churches, as all that you have photographed, are magnificent and very enjoyable to see. It is interesting that the poor man statues in Temmes and Viitasaari stand by themselves, when the others are all right next to a church or tower wall. and the one at Viitasaari looks much better cared-for than the others. It is a fascinating and touching tradition!

    Comment by montucky — January 26, 2013 @ 05:27 | Reply

    • Hello Terry.

      I tried to get info from Viitasaari Poor-man statue, but I did not found. It maybe new one – who knows. Thank You following my series and leaving Your comment.

      Happy week-end!

      Comment by Sartenada — January 26, 2013 @ 13:51 | Reply

  20. Quelle histoire intéressante et touchante ! Je n’avais jamais entendu cela. Merci de nous la faire connaître. J’aime bien la photo 13, ton geste d’amitié et de compassion pour le pauvre homme. Ton pays a beaucoup de traditions inconnues à l’extérieur.

    Comment by isathreadsoflife — January 27, 2013 @ 12:11 | Reply

  21. Muy interesante este post, que buena historia acompañada de unas excelentes fotos.
    Un saludo.

    Comment by Pablo Buitrago — January 28, 2013 @ 02:57 | Reply

    • Hola Pablo.

      Muchas gracias de visitar mi blog y dejar tu comentario tan amable.

      ¡Un saludo grande¡

      Comment by Sartenada — January 28, 2013 @ 13:37 | Reply

  22. ces sculptures sont intéressantes

    Comment by l'Angevine — January 29, 2013 @ 15:50 | Reply

    • Bonjour Mabelle.

      Merci beaucoup d’avoir fait ton commentaire tan amable.

      Je te souhaite belle journée.

      Comment by Sartenada — January 29, 2013 @ 16:52 | Reply

  23. Bonjour , ce sont de trés belles photos . Votre visite ma fait trés plaisir . Merci pour ce partage
    Bonne soirée
    Bise de ma Sologne

    Comment by therese — January 29, 2013 @ 17:32 | Reply

    • Bonjour Thérèse.

      Je suis heureux que Vous avez visité mon blog aussi et que Vous avez fait Votre commentaire. Merci beaucoup.

      Passez une excellente journée!

      Comment by Sartenada — January 30, 2013 @ 08:22 | Reply

  24. J’ai reçu deux emails dans lesquels Monique et Catherine dirent qu’elles ne pouvaient pas faire des commentaires sur mon blog. Je ne sais pas pourquoi Quel dommage! Voici ce qu’elles ont écrites:

    Monique.

    En réponse à votre commentaire

    (http://capsurtoulon.canalblog.com/permalink/comments/53898052) : Merci, la balade m’a plu beaucoup. L’art de la dernière photo est mon préféré.Belle journée.

    Merci pour votre visite, j’ ai visité votre blog mais hélas je n’ ai pu laisser de commentaires ,mon adresse email semble être refusé??? dommage!

    les statues sont une découverte pour moi et vous faites de très belles photos.
    amicalement Monique

    Catherine Rose.

    Merci beaucoup pour ta visite et ton commentaire!

    Je suis allée sur ton blog et ton reportage sur les satues de pauvres hommes m’a beaucoup intéressée !
    J’ai essayé de te laisser un commentaire mais je ne sais pas pourquoi, ça n’a pas fonctionné !

    Belle journée à toi dans ton beau pays !
    Doux bisous
    Cathy.

    http://cathyrose.canalblog.com/
    http://1jourphoto.canalblog.com/

    Merci Monique et Catherine!

    Comment by Sartenada — January 31, 2013 @ 12:23 | Reply

  25. moi j’ai adoré cette visite de ton beau Pays que de jolies statues et beaux endroits çà donne envie d’y aller bises bonne journée MA ou toinon

    Comment by AUDOLY-NOURIAN — January 31, 2013 @ 13:00 | Reply

    • Bonjour Toinon.

      Merci de votre visite et en laissant un commentaire si gentil.

      Belle journée. Bisous.

      Comment by Sartenada — January 31, 2013 @ 13:19 | Reply

  26. Nice photos, like them!

    Greetings

    Comment by Xandi — February 3, 2013 @ 16:00 | Reply

    • Hello Xandi.

      Thank You visiting my post and leaving Your comment. I am glad that You like my photos.

      Happy Sunday!

      Comment by Sartenada — February 3, 2013 @ 16:46 | Reply

  27. Excellent pictures of churches. So much differnet from our Austrian churches. Thanks for visiting my blog recently. Greeting from Vienna!

    Comment by Elisabeth — February 3, 2013 @ 17:20 | Reply

    • Hello Elisabeth.

      Thank You. I am so glad that You like my post. I find it very interesting that churches are different in other countries. It is the wealth of our time.

      Have a wonderful Sunday!

      Comment by Sartenada — February 3, 2013 @ 17:25 | Reply


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