Sartenada's photo blog / Blog de foto de Sartenada

February 8, 2013

Poor-man statues 6 / Estatuas de pobre hombre 6 / Statues de Pauvre Homme 6

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 esta sexta parte en que presento estatuas pobres hombres en Finlandia, no hay esta vez imágenes de dentro de las iglesias. Lo siento. Estas fotos tomó con todas las cámaras digitales que tengo. Fotos de Isojoki tomé con mi primera cámara digital PanasonicLumix DMC FX7 (5,0 megapíxeles) que compré 2004. Peräseinäjoki y Ylihärmä con Panasonic Lumix DMC LX-1 (8,3 megapíxeles) que compré 2006. Ullava fotos con Nikon D300 (12,3 megapíxeles) que compré 2008.

Creo que fotos de tres presiosos campanarios compensen la falta de fotos de dentro de las iglesias. Esos tres campanarios separados me pareces costumbre agradable arquitectura en campo finlandes.

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 cette sixième partie où présente statues de pauvre-hommes en Finlande, cette fois j’ai pas de photos de l’intérieur des églises. Désolé. Ces photos que j’ai prises avec tous mes caméras numérique. Isojoki photos que j’ai prises avec mon premier appareil photo numérique DMC PanasonicLumix FX7 (5,0 mégapixels), j’ai le acheté 2004. Peraseinajoki et Ylihärmä photos avec Panasonic Lumix DMC LX-1 (8,3 mégapixels), j’ai acheté 2006. Ullava photos avec un Nikon D300 (12,3 mégapixels), j’ai acheté 2008.

Je pense que ces magnifiques photos de trois clochers compensent le manque de photos de l’intérieur des églises. Ces clochers détachés présentent à moi personnellement la belle architecture finlandaise sur notre campagne.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Isojoki (photos / fotos 2006):

Church built 1833 / Iglesia construida 1833 / Église construite 1833
Belltower built 1854 / Campanario construido 1854 / Clocher construit 1854
Height of Poor-man statue 130cm (4 feet and3.2 inches) / Altura de estatua de pobre hombre 130cm / Hauteur de statue de pauvre Homme 130cm. Statue from decades 1845 / Estatua de los años 1845 / Statue dans les années 1845.

Peräseinäjoki (photos / fotos 2006):

Church built 1892 / Iglesia construida 1892 / Église construite 1892
Belltower built ? / Campanario construido ?- / Clocher construite ?. Height of Poor-man statue 127cm (4 feet and 2.0 inches) / Altura de estatua de pobre hombre 127cm / Hauteur de statue de pauvre Homme 127cm. Statue from decades ? / Estatua de los años ? / Statue dans les années ?.

Ullava (photos / fotos 2008):

Church built 1783 / Iglesia construida 1783 / Église construite 1783
Belltower built 1787 / Campanario construido 1787/ Clocher construite 1787
Height of Poor-man statue 151cm (4 feet and 11.5 inches) / Altura de estatua de pobre hombre 151cm / Hauteur de statue de pauvre Homme 155cm. Statue from ? / Estatua de ¿ / Statue de l’an de ?

Ylihärmä (photos / fotos 2007):

Church built 1787/ Iglesia construida 1787/ Église construite 1787
Belltower built 1828 / Campanario construido 1828 / Clocher construite 1828
Height of Poor-man statue 134cm (4 feet and 4.76 inches) / Altura de estatua de pobre hombre 134cm / Hauteur de statue de pauvre Hommer 134cm. Statue from1837 / Estatua de década de 1837 / Statue des années 1837.

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

Poor-man statues 7 / Estatuas de pobre hombre 7 / Statues de Pauvre Homme 7

30 Comments »

  1. bon les statues je n’aime pas trop mais que de belles églises et belles maisons superbe endroit bisous MA

    Comment by AUDOLY-NOURIAN — February 8, 2013 @ 11:03 | Reply

    • Bonjour Toinon.

      C’est bien ça bien que Vous n’aimez pas trop les statues. Mon cœur se réjouit que Vous aimez les églises finnoises.

      Merci beaucoup d’avoir fait Vortre commentaire tan amable. Bisous.

      Comment by Sartenada — February 8, 2013 @ 12:09 | Reply

  2. Another wonderful post Matti with some fabulous pictures!

    Comment by Chillbrook — February 8, 2013 @ 13:08 | Reply

    • Hi Chillbrook.

      Thank You. I am very happy that You continue to follow my series of Poor-man statues in Finland.

      Have a great day!

      Comment by Sartenada — February 8, 2013 @ 13:14 | Reply

  3. Very lovely photos. The churches are beautiful and the foggy sky adds a nice touch. The blue sky is wonderful too!

    Comment by Bondseye — February 8, 2013 @ 14:22 | Reply

    • Hello Lisa.

      I find also those foggy photos nice although I took them using my pocket camera 5.0 having only megapixels from 2004. When I bought it in 2004, it beat all others (Sony, Canon) in testes, but times have changed since then. Thank You commenting.

      Have a lovely week-end!

      Comment by Sartenada — February 9, 2013 @ 09:52 | Reply

  4. Interesting – I’d not heard of or seen such statues before this. Beautiful buildings and settings.

    Comment by hayley — February 8, 2013 @ 14:28 | Reply

    • Hi Hayley.

      Thank You commenting. Our world is so big that there are many “unknown” things to be found. Blogs are great way to present something new which travel guides are not able to do.

      Have a wonderful week-end!

      Comment by Sartenada — February 9, 2013 @ 10:08 | Reply

  5. This is another beautiful post in this series. I really like your photos of the first church in the fog. Those wonderful bell towers more than make up for a lack of interior shots. All of the churches are beautiful.

    Comment by seniorhiker — February 8, 2013 @ 16:44 | Reply

    • Hello George.

      Isn’t it “funny” that 5.0 megapixel photo can be good photo? The Isojoki wooden church is quite big having capacity for 900 persons. Thank You for Your comment and following my series.

      Have a happy week-end!

      Comment by Sartenada — February 9, 2013 @ 10:13 | Reply

  6. Beautiful images!!!

    Comment by laviebohemeart — February 8, 2013 @ 17:55 | Reply

    • Hi Laviebohemeart.

      Thank You leaving Your comment. I am happy that You liked my post.

      Happy Saturday!

      Comment by Sartenada — February 9, 2013 @ 10:15 | Reply

  7. Thank you for the wonderful tour! Love the photos of these churches, the red church is beautiful, so are the rest. Thank you again for introducing the poor man statues in Finland, Chillbrook!

    Comment by Amy — February 8, 2013 @ 18:22 | Reply

    • Hi Amy.

      Thank You Amy commenting my post. I am very happy that You did like my post.

      Have a great week-end!

      Comment by Sartenada — February 9, 2013 @ 10:30 | Reply

  8. The weather was just beautiful in all these photos despite being photographed at different times. I enjoyed looking at them all. I found the separate bell towers especially interesting because we don’t have architecture like that locally.

    Comment by Deb Platt — February 8, 2013 @ 19:47 | Reply

    • Hello Deb.

      Thank You. What comes to weather in my photos from 2012, I did not have luck with sunshine, but at rainy weather photos are “different”. Those photos are to be seen starting from post # 9. Many times I was holding my umbrella in another hand and in other hand I shot photos. Modern cameras are heavy, You know, but I succeeded.🙂

      Have a lovely week-end!

      Comment by Sartenada — February 9, 2013 @ 10:39 | Reply

  9. It’s been a great journey viewing all the photographs and reading the history story. And, again thank you for the tour.

    Comment by Mary Gilmartin — February 9, 2013 @ 05:14 | Reply

    • Hi Mary.

      Thank You. I am glad You did like my post. Arm chair travels are great indeed.

      Have a lovely week-end!

      Comment by Sartenada — February 9, 2013 @ 10:50 | Reply

  10. Again, a very nice selection of photos of beautiful churches and towers. They always amaze me. You have a wonderful photo collection!

    Comment by montucky — February 9, 2013 @ 06:24 | Reply

    • Hi Terry.

      Thank You commenting and following my series. You made again my day!

      Have a great week-end!

      Comment by Sartenada — February 9, 2013 @ 10:56 | Reply

  11. I think the churches are so beautiful, and I particularly like the one that has the yellow steeple. This has been a wonderful series!

    Comment by megtraveling — February 9, 2013 @ 14:24 | Reply

    • Hello Megtraveling.

      Thank You visiting my blog and making Your comments. Your last sentence made me very happy.

      Have a great week-end!

      Comment by Sartenada — February 9, 2013 @ 14:45 | Reply

  12. You know you take some very interesting photos with subjects that I would love to know more about. have you even thought of putting some captions under the photos so we could learn more about them?

    Comment by kareninhonolulu — February 10, 2013 @ 21:57 | Reply

    • Hi Karen.

      Thank You commenting and for Your proposal. Well, I have been thinking it indeed. I try to keep the info under photos very minimum. If somebody wants to know more from some photo, then he /she can ask it. To find the name of a photo, just move mouse pointer of an image.

      Anyway there is little information about Poor-man statues. One can say that they are some kind of “freebies” in addition to churches and belfries. From churches and bell towers can be found a lot of documented information, but from these statues, very scarcely. This might be due to the fact that some or many have been made by amateurs, not by famous artists; I might also be wrong. I find that this thing make them more interesting. Anyway, if somebody wants more info from a photo or thing, then I try to “dig up” it and thus to star discussion.

      Have a wonderful new week!

      Comment by Sartenada — February 11, 2013 @ 08:34 | Reply

  13. I enjoyed looking at these photos and learning about the Poor Mans statues. Never heard of them before! Very instructive post and beautiful pictures.

    Comment by Kathy — February 11, 2013 @ 01:39 | Reply

    • Hello Kathy.

      Thank You commenting. I am glad that You did visit my blog / post and thus You learned more about my country Finland. Blogs are great way to find info and some cases info which is not listed in travel guides.

      Have a wonderful day!

      Comment by Sartenada — February 11, 2013 @ 08:38 | Reply

  14. Seeing all the poor man statues in your series, what impresses me is how they each seem to have a distinct personality. A couple of the statues in this post seem quite surprised to find themselves standing out side a church asking for coins. Do most of the churches in Finland have a poor man statue? I have really enjoyed this series, Matti!

    Comment by Heart To Harp — February 14, 2013 @ 06:56 | Reply

    • Hello Janet.

      Thank You commenting and following this series. Answer to Your question is no. Only a minor part of our churches have Poor-man statues; they are rare here. They are mainly on countryside, “far away” from big cities. Sometimes they are hard to find although one knows the church. One good example is the Poor-man statue of Temmes was difficult for me to find. I drove twice past the road junction, where it is. So it was not until the third time I found it.🙂

      Have a lovely day!

      Comment by Sartenada — February 15, 2013 @ 09:09 | Reply

  15. Amazing architecture. I really enjoyed your photos! You are very skilled in talented in capturing the beautiful shots.

    Comment by ivoryspring — February 17, 2013 @ 03:54 | Reply

    • Hi Wendy.

      You made my day! Thank You for Your lovely comment.

      Happy Sunday!

      Comment by Sartenada — February 17, 2013 @ 11:58 | Reply


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