Sartenada's photo blog / Blog de foto de Sartenada

March 1, 2013

Poor-man statues 9 / Estatuas de pobre hombre 9 / Statues de Pauvre Homme 9

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.

Desde este post mis fotos son de verano 2012. Hay más detalles que en mis fotos anteriores. En mis posts anteriores he adivinado que algunas de estas estatuas que presento tienen un modelo vivo. Así la cosa puede ser al mirando la estatua de pobre hombre de Pomarkku. Su cara es tan real llena de arrugas. Tiene una cara que revelan la vida dura, sin sonrisa, sin felicidad, dolor sólo, sumisión de vida.

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.

Depuis ce poste mes photos sont de l’été 2012. Il y a plus de détails que dans mes photos précédentes. Dans mes messages précédents, j’ai deviné que certaines de ces statues a présenté un modèle vivant. Donc, la chose peut être en regardant la statue de Pauvre Homme de Pomarkku. Son visage est ridé si réel. Un visage révèle la vie dure, pas un sourire, pas de bonheur, seulement la douleur, soumission de vie.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ahlainen (photos / fotos 2012):

Church built 1796 / Iglesia construida 1796 / Église construite 1796
Belltower built 1832 / Campanario construido 1832 / Clocher construit 1832
Height of Poor-man statue ?cm (? feet and ? inches) / Altura de estatua de pobre hombre ?cm / Hauteur de statue de pauvre Homme ?cm. Statue from the deacades ? / Estatua de los años ? / Statue dans les années ?

Lappfjärd (photos / fotos 2012):

Church built between 1848–1851/ Iglesia construida entre 1848–1851/ Église construite entre 1848–1851.
Belltower built 1771 / Campanario construido 1771 / Clocher construite 1771. Height of Poor-man statue 137cm (4 feet and 5.9 inches) / Altura de estatua de pobre hombre 1379cm / Hauteur de statue de pauvre Homme 137cm. Statue from 1843 / Estatua de los años 1843 / Statue dans les années 1843.

Pomarkku (photos / fotos 2012):

Church built 1802 / Iglesia construida 1802 / Église construite 1802
Belltower built ¿ / Campanario construido ¿/ Clocher construite?
Height of Poor-man statue 92cm (3 feet and 0.2 inches) / Altura de estatua de pobre hombre 92cm / Hauteur de statue de pauvre Homme 92cm. Statue from 1920s / Estatua años 1920 / Statue de années 1920.

Siipyy (photos / fotos 2012):

Church built ?/ Iglesia construida ?/ Église construite ?
Belltower built ? / Campanario construido ? / Clocher construite ?
Height of Poor-man statue 138cm (4 feet and 6.3 inches) / Altura de estatua de pobre hombre 138cm / Hauteur de statue de pauvre Hommer 138cm. Statue from 1849 / Estatua de 1849 / Statue de l’an 1849.

Poor-man statues 8 / Estatuas de pobre hombre 8 / Statues de Pauvre Homme 8

Poor-man statues 10 / Estatuas de pobre hombre 10 / Statues de Pauvre Homme 10

40 Comments »

  1. Bonjour Matti,
    Un coup de coeur pour l’église de Pomarku, avecses boiseries anciennes, ses peintures qui ont une jolie patine, ses lustres de taile et de style plus modestes qu’à Ahlainen par exemple, mais très harmonieux.
    Bises et très bon week-end.

    Comment by Marion B. — March 1, 2013 @ 11:08 | Reply

    • Bonjour Marion.

      Ton commentaire fait mon cœur très heureux. Merci beaucoup. L’église de Pomarkku est utilisé seulement en été. Le sentiment intérieur de l’église était palpable. Je pouvais imaginer les gens assis là en même temps avec ma visite en écoutant le sermon.ises.

      Bon week-end á toi aussi. Bises.

      Comment by Sartenada — March 1, 2013 @ 11:35 | Reply

  2. bonjour j’aime beaucoup ces églises l’intérieur est magnifique surtout le tableau de la cène superbe et de drôles de statues on dirait qu’elles font la quête bien étranges une belle découverte merci de tes superbes photos bisous MA

    Comment by AUDOLY-NOURIAN — March 1, 2013 @ 13:37 | Reply

    • Bonjour Toinon.

      Je suis heureux de votre visite et j’apprécie beaucoup votre commentaire. merci beaucoup.

      Bonne fin de semaine!

      Comment by Sartenada — March 2, 2013 @ 08:53 | Reply

  3. Another great posting about your series. What is the date the oldest headstone in that cemetery?

    Comment by Mary Gilmartin — March 1, 2013 @ 15:31 | Reply

    • Hi Mary.

      Thank You visiting my post and following this series. I cannot answer to Your question, so sorry. I have seen somewhere one from the beginning of 1700s. In the town called Oulu there are two headstones from 1600s. Your question was interesting and I could spend more time on graveyards when shooting photos from churches. Once it took from us (I and my wife) more than two hours when seeking distant relatives’ graves systematically. Then there should be like on a picnic. In Helsinki (capital) on Hietaniemi cemetery it would take maybe two days to walk thru it. There are many angel statues which we love and maybe some year we’ll make a day lasting visit there.

      Happy week-end!

      Comment by Sartenada — March 2, 2013 @ 09:13 | Reply

  4. These are wonderful pictures of all the churches and poor man statues. I see what you mean about the statue at Pomarkku — the anguish in the face is very pronounced. I also like the rustic interior of that church, although all of them are beautiful inside and out.

    Comment by seniorhiker — March 1, 2013 @ 16:42 | Reply

    • Hi George.

      Thank You again commenting and following my series.

      Have a great week-end!

      Comment by Sartenada — March 2, 2013 @ 09:14 | Reply

  5. Very interesting story photos, thank you for sharing

    Comment by campanulladellaanna — March 1, 2013 @ 16:54 | Reply

    • Hello Campanulladellaanna.

      Thank You taking a look at my series of posts presenting something extraordinary from Finland.

      Happy Saturday!

      Comment by Sartenada — March 2, 2013 @ 09:17 | Reply

  6. Beautiful churches! I , too, like the rustic looking of the church. The poor man statues are indeed special. Thank you, Sartenada!

    Comment by Amy — March 1, 2013 @ 18:18 | Reply

    • Hello Amy.

      Thank You . I appreciate Your visit, comment and being so happy.

      Have a wonderful week-end!

      Comment by Sartenada — March 2, 2013 @ 09:25 | Reply

  7. They sure have a lot of these statues!

    Comment by wordsfromanneli — March 1, 2013 @ 20:35 | Reply

    • Hello Anneli.

      Thank You very much for Your visit, leaving Your comment and thus following this series of mine.

      Have a wonderful week-end!

      Comment by Sartenada — March 2, 2013 @ 09:27 | Reply

  8. As are all of your pictures of the churches, these are remarkable. I am especially taken by the one at Lappfjärd. I would love to see and hear that pipe organ!

    The exterior of the church at Pomarkku is exquisite! What a beautiful structure!

    Comment by montucky — March 2, 2013 @ 06:26 | Reply

    • Hi Terry.

      Thank You. The church of Lappfjärd is one of the biggest churches in the countryside. The church has a seating capacity of 3 000 people. It is much on countryside. The name of Lappfjärd is already mentioned in 1303. The area has the majority (69.7 per cent) of Swedish speaking population.

      I am very happy that You left Your comment again and follow my series.

      Happy Saturday!

      Comment by Sartenada — March 2, 2013 @ 09:37 | Reply

  9. I am enjoying looking at your wonderful photos of your beautiful churches. The poor man statues are fascinating. Are they still used to collect donations?

    Comment by Gallivanta — March 2, 2013 @ 11:08 | Reply

    • Hello Gallivanta.

      Thank You commenting and asking a question. The answer is yes. I think that the amount is not big, because in churches is also collected an offering, but who knows.

      Have a lovely Saturday!

      Comment by Sartenada — March 2, 2013 @ 12:44 | Reply

  10. trop belle la chaire bleue et j’apprécie toujours ces personnages sculptés

    Comment by l'Angevine — March 2, 2013 @ 11:59 | Reply

    • Bonjour Mabelle.

      Merci beaucoup d’avoir fait Votre commentaire. C’est ça ce que fait mon coeur á chanter.

      Bon week-end. Bises.

      Comment by Sartenada — March 2, 2013 @ 12:48 | Reply

  11. This series has been so instructive – I hope the people from the past were helped by having these statues. Thank you for your beautiful pictures and explanations!

    Comment by megtraveling — March 3, 2013 @ 01:53 | Reply

    • Hi Megtraveling.

      Thank You for Your kind comment and following my series.

      Have a wonderful Sunday!

      Comment by Sartenada — March 3, 2013 @ 09:33 | Reply

  12. Nice pictures. I like them big like this.

    Comment by Connie T — March 3, 2013 @ 09:22 | Reply

    • Hello Connie.

      I am happy that You visited my blog and left Your comment here. Thank You.

      Have a wonderful Sunday!

      Comment by Sartenada — March 3, 2013 @ 09:34 | Reply

  13. Everything about the church of Pomarkku is striking, but particularly the poor man statue. This poor man truly shows his agopny over his fate. I hope he inspired many donations. Thanks for another wonderful post, Matti!

    Comment by Heart To Harp — March 4, 2013 @ 04:14 | Reply

    • Hi Janet.

      Thank You for Your kind words praising this post. You are right. When I visited this church and took photos from here and there, I had to return again to the statue and to look at its face more carefully. Its face stayed in my mind when I headed my car towards next church.

      Have a great start of the week.

      Comment by Sartenada — March 4, 2013 @ 08:08 | Reply

  14. A very beautiful church –

    Comment by Patty B — March 4, 2013 @ 20:43 | Reply

    • Hello Patty.

      Thank You very much visiting and commenting my post. I am happy that You did like it.

      Have great day!

      Comment by Sartenada — March 5, 2013 @ 08:06 | Reply

  15. I think the rustic beauty of Pomarkku is my favorite!

    Comment by Kat at travelgardeneat — March 5, 2013 @ 18:57 | Reply

    • Hi Kat.

      I am happy when noticing that You visited my post and made Your comment. Thank You.

      Have a great day!

      Comment by Sartenada — March 6, 2013 @ 08:03 | Reply

  16. I’m so pleased you commented on my blog and now I have found your fascinating blog! I’ve never seen anything like the poor-man statues in the UK, I’d be interested to know if there are any here. What fabulous photographs, I look forward to seeing lots more.

    Comment by Anny — March 6, 2013 @ 14:11 | Reply

    • Hello Anny.

      Oh, thank You. When reading Your warm hearted comment I felt that it came directly from Your heart.

      I am posting once a week and the posting day is Friday. I am sincerely happy that You did like my post. There yet will be six more posts from these Poor-man statues. After them I start my posts with new themes.

      Have a great day!

      Comment by Sartenada — March 7, 2013 @ 08:21 | Reply

  17. Great series of beautiful architecture – and fascinating statues…..

    Comment by Truels — March 8, 2013 @ 01:24 | Reply

    • Hi Truels.

      Thank You commenting and following my series.

      Have a great day!

      Comment by Sartenada — March 8, 2013 @ 08:08 | Reply

  18. Fabulous photo gallery.🙂

    Comment by adinparadise — March 10, 2013 @ 13:03 | Reply

    • Hi Adinparadise.

      Thank You visiting my blog and leaving Your kind comment.

      Happy Sunday!

      Comment by Sartenada — March 10, 2013 @ 14:20 | Reply

  19. Wow! Unique and beautiful statues. They do remind us about our faith and how we need God in all things and situations. Inspiring my friend.

    Comment by Island Traveler — March 12, 2013 @ 09:56 | Reply

    • Hi Island traveler.

      How glad I am for Your visit and comment.

      Thank You. Have a great day!

      Comment by Sartenada — March 12, 2013 @ 15:54 | Reply

  20. The statues are just amazing. Not only are they beautiful and artistically done but more importantly, they inspire us to hope and pray. To search what is good. To do what is good. Thanks.

    Comment by Island Traveler — March 20, 2013 @ 09:55 | Reply

    • Hello Island Traveler.

      Wow. Great comment. Thank You. I am very happy that You did understand their “value” in our history. I am devoted to continue with this series but it requires a lot of travelling and work. I have heard that next summer there will be an exhibition in which are presented 40 of these Poor-man statues. I am waiting more details from it.

      Happy Wednesday!

      Comment by Sartenada — March 20, 2013 @ 10:50 | Reply


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