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May 20, 2020

Church of Saarijärvi / Iglesia de Saarijärvi / Église à Saarijärvi / Igreja em Saarijärvi

Filed under: Churches-wooden — Sartenada @ 06:29
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In English:

Church of Saarijärvi

Why this post? It is a tribute to my mother who was born in Saarijärvi. Also, my wife’s grandmother was born in Saarijärvi. My mother had hard life and she was poor. She and two siblings were auctioned as a child to different families, who paid the lowest price to take care of them. Sounds odd, I guess. Selling people is a historical concept, which refers to poor or orphan children who were auctioned and sold in marketplaces. This is a shame on Finnish history, but it is the fact. When adults, my mother’s sister moved to Sweden and her brother stayed in Finland as my mother. In the families where people were bought, they were treated inferiorly, almost like slaves! After photos, I will give link to Wikipedia.

The church of Saarijärvi is wooden church (third one), was built in 1849, is quite modest inside. Its capacity is about 800 persons. I love its bell tower is from 1865. When approaching the church, attention is drawn to many crosses in the cemetery. They are soldier’s graves (268) who gave their lives in WWII for the fatherland. It is an honor of every congregations to take good care of these graves. Nearby there is a war memorial dedicated to them. Same kind of crosses and memorials are all over in Finland. Coming from the other direction to the church, then you can see the sculpture of Paavo of Saarijärvi, which is the symbol Finnish Sisu. I give also the link to the poem of Paavo of Saarijärvi by Johan Ludwig Runeberg, that you understand better who was Paavo and his era of Finnish famine 1866 – 1869. When there was a shortage of grain, man intended to add bark (pinewood-bark bread) among the flowers. The word Saarijärvi is a compound. Saari means Island and Järvi means Lake.

How to reach Saarijärvi?

Distance from Helsinki to Saarijärvi: 333.58km / 207mi via Jyväskylä.
Distance: from Jyväskylä to Saarijärvi 66,73 / 41.5mi.
Distance from Helsinki to Jyvaskyla 269,44km / 167mi. Connections: by rail, bus and air.
Connections to Saarijärvi: No direct trains. Combined train and bus, more than 5 hours.
Flight time from Helsinki to Jyvaskyla about is 44 minutes.

En español:

¿Por qué esta publicación? Es un homenaje a mi madre que nació en Saarijärvi. Además, la abuela de mi esposa nació en Saarijärvi. Mi madre tuvo una vida difícil y ella fue pobre. Ella y dos hermanos fueron subastados cuando eran niños a diferentes familias, que pagaron el precio más bajo para cuidarlos. Suena extraño, supongo. La venta de personas es un concepto histórico, que se refiere a niños pobres o huérfanos que fueron subastados y vendidos en mercados. Es una vergüenza en la historia finlandesa, pero es un hecho. Cuando eran adultos, la hermana de mi madre se mudó a Suecia y su hermano se quedó en Finlandia como mi madre. ¡En las familias, donde la gente se fueron comprados, recibían un trato inferior, casi como esclavos! Después de las fotos, le daré un vínculo a Wikipedia.

La iglesia de Saarijärvi es una iglesia de madera (tercera), construida en 1849, es bastante modesta por dentro. Su capacidad es de unas 800 personas. Me encanta su campanario es del año 1865. Al acercarse a la iglesia, se llama la atención sobre muchas cruces en el cementerio. Son tumbas de soldados (268) que dieron su vida en la Segunda Guerra Mundial por la patria. Es un honor para cada congregación cuidar bien estas tumbas. Muy cerca hay un monumento de guerra dedicado a ellos. El mismo tipo de cruces y memoriales se encuentran por todas partes en Finlandia. Viniendo desde la otra dirección a la iglesia, puedes ver la escultura de Paavo de Saarijärvi, que es el símbolo del Sisu finlandés. También le daré el enlace al poema de Paavo de Saarijärvi, de Johan Ludwig Runeberg, para que entiendan mejor quién fue Paavo y su era de la hambruna finlandesa de 1866 a 1869. Cuando había escasez de grano, el hombre tenía la intención de agregar corteza (pino – corteza de pan) entre las flores. La palabra Saarijärvi es un compuesto. Saari significa Isla y Järvi significa Lago.

¿Cómo llegar a Saarijärvi?

Distancia de Helsinki a Saarijärvi: 333.58km / 207mi a través de Jyväskylä.

Distancia: de Jyväskylä a Saarijärvi 66,73 / 41.5mi.

Distancia de Helsinki a Jyvaskyla 269,44km / 167mi. Conexiones: por ferrocarril, autobús y aire.

Conexiones a Saarijärvi: no hay trenes directos. Tren combinado y autobús, más de 5 horas.

El tiempo de vuelo de Helsinki a Jyvaskyla es de 44 minutos.

Iglesia de Saarijarvi

En francais:

Pourquoi ce post? C’est un hommage à ma mère née à Saarijärvi. De plus, la grand-mère de ma femme est née à Saarijärvi. Ma mère a eu une vie difficile et elle était pauvre. Elle et deux frères et sœurs ont été vendus aux enchères comme un enfant à différentes familles, qui ont payé le prix le plus bas pour prendre soin d’eux. Cela peut sembler curieux, je suppose. Vendre des gens est un concept historique, qui fait référence aux enfants pauvres ou orphelins qui ont été vendus aux enchères et vendus sur les marchés. C’est une honte pour l’histoire finlandaise, mais c’est le fait. À l’âge adulte, la sœur de ma mère a déménagé en Suède et son frère est resté en Finlande comme ma mère. Dans les familles où les gens étaient achetés, ils étaient traités de façon inférieure, presque comme des esclaves! Après les photos, je donnerai un lien vers Wikipedia.

L’église de Saarijärvi est une église en bois (troisième), construite en 1849, assez modeste à l’intérieur. Sa capacité est d’environ 800 personnes. J’adore son clocher datant de 1865. A l’approche de l’église, l’attention est attirée sur les nombreuses croix du cimetière. Elles sont des tombes de soldats (268) qui ont donné leur vie pendant la Seconde Guerre mondiale pour la patrie. C’est un honneur pour toutes les congrégations de prendre bien soin de ces tombes. À proximité, un monument aux morts leur est dédié. Le même genre de croix et de monuments commémoratifs est partout en Finlande. En venant de l’autre côté de l’église, vous pouvez voir la sculpture de Paavo de Saarijärvi, qui est le symbole du Sisu finlandais. Je donnerai également le lien vers le poème de Paavo de Saarijärvi de Johan Ludwig Runeberg, que vous puissiez mieux comprendre qui était Paavo et son époque de famine finlandaise 1866 – 1869. Quand il y avait une pénurie de céréales, l’homme avait l’intention d’ajouter de l’écorce (pinède – pain d’écorce) parmi les fleurs. Le mot Saarijärvi est un composé. Saari signifie île et Järvi signifie lac.

Comment rejoindre Saarijärvi?

Distance d’Helsinki à Saarijärvi: 333,58 km / 207 mi via Jyväskylä.

Distance: de Jyväskylä à Saarijärvi 66,73 / 41,5mi.

Distance entre Helsinki et Jyvaskyla 269,44km / 167mi. Connexions: par train, bus et avion.

Connexions à Saarijärvi: Pas de trains directs. Train et bus combinés, plus de 5 heures.

Le temps de vol d’Helsinki à Jyvaskyla est d’environ 44 minutes.

Église à Saarijarvi

Em português:

Igreja em Saarijarvi

Porquê este post? É uma homenagem à minha mãe, nascida em Saarijärvi. Além disso, a avó de minha esposa nasceu em Saarijärvi. A minha mãe teve uma vida difícil e ela era pobre. Ela e os dois irmãos foram leiloados quando criança para famílias diferentes, que pagaram o menor preço para cuidar deles. Isto pode parecer estranho, eu acho. Vender pessoas é um conceito histórico, que se refere a crianças pobres ou órfãs que foram leiloadas e vendidas em mercados. É uma vergonha para a história finlandesa, mas é o fato. Quando adultos, a irmã de minha mãe se mudou para a Suécia e seu irmão ficou na Finlândia como a minha mãe. Nas famílias onde as pessoas eram compradas, elas eram tratadas inferiormente, quase como escravos! Depois das fotos, darei uma ligação à Wikipedia.

A igreja de Saarijärvi é uma igreja de madeira (terceira), foi construída em 1849, é bastante modesta por dentro. A sua capacidade é de cerca de 800 pessoas. Eu amo sua torre sineira é de 1865. Ao se aproximar da igreja, chama-se atenção para muitas cruzes no cemitério. São os túmulos de soldados (268) que deram a vida na Segunda Guerra Mundial pela pátria. É uma honra de todas as congregações que cuidassem bem as dessas sepulturas. Nas proximidades, há um memorial de guerra dedicado a eles. O mesmo tipo de cruzes e memoriais ficam em toda parte na Finlândia. A Gente vindo da outra direção para a igreja, você pode ver a escultura de Paavo de Saarijärvi, que é o símbolo finlandês Sisu. Eu darei também a ligação para o poema de Paavo de Saarijärvi, de Johan Ludwig Runeberg, que você entende melhor quem era Paavo e a sua era da fome finlandesa de 1866 a 1869. Quando havia falta de grãos, o homem pretendia acrescentar casca (crosta de pão de pinho) entre as flores. A palavra Saarijärvi é um composto. Saari significa Ilha e Järvi significa Lago.

Como chegar a Saarijärvi?

Distância de Helsinque a Saarijärvi: 333.58km / 207mi via Jyväskylä.

Distância: de Jyväskylä a Saarijärvi 66,73 / 62,5km

Distância entre Helsinque e Jyvaskyla 269,44km / 167mi Conexões: por trem, ônibus e avião.Conexões com Saarijärvi: Não há trens diretos. Comboio e ônibus, mais de 5 horas.

O tempo de vôo de Helsinque para Jyvaskyla é de aproximadamente 44 minutos.

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Memorials

Beautiful bell towers in Finland

https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Église_de_Saarijärvi

Paavon patsas

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bark_bread

Bark Bread

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Finnish_famine_of_1866–68

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Child_auction

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sisu

https://www.bbc.com/worklife/article/20180502-sisu-the-finnish-art-of-inner-strength

80 Comments »

  1. A lovely church and your photos are wonderful.

    Comment by Cathy — May 20, 2020 @ 08:55 | Reply

    • Hello Cathy.

      Thank you leaving your praising comment. My personal interest is the bell tower. It is typical in my country, colorful and separated from the church.

      Have a nice day!

      Comment by Sartenada — May 20, 2020 @ 09:35 | Reply

    • Such a beautiful church. A very sad story I hope your mother has a good life now if she is still alive.

      Comment by Alison — May 21, 2020 @ 15:34 | Reply

      • Hello Alison.

        Yes, my mother is buried since few years ago. Thank you leaving your kind comment.

        Have a wonderful day!

        Comment by Sartenada — May 22, 2020 @ 06:27 | Reply

  2. Hello. Even in developed country like yours, there have been sad events in the past. I think there is peace now because of those who died in the war. We should never have a war again. Have a good day!

    Comment by wakasahs15th — May 20, 2020 @ 10:10 | Reply

    • Hello Wakasahs15th.

      You are right. My mother was happy in her last years of life. So, life rewarded her earlier miseries. This what I told here, is not known for our contemporary young ones. Well, these happenings are history and let them remain history. Thank you commenting!

      Have a good day!

      Comment by Sartenada — May 20, 2020 @ 10:20 | Reply

      • I am glad to hear that your mother was happy in the last years. The first post made me cry, but I was relieved to hear it. Peace is important. Have a good day!

        Comment by wakasahs15th — May 20, 2020 @ 11:05 | Reply

        • I appreciate your words very much. They went directly to my heart. Thank you.

          素敵な1日を!

          Comment by Sartenada — May 20, 2020 @ 12:34 | Reply

  3. Such sad events in your family but thankfully life is different now. The photos are lovely. Hope you are experiencing some sunny days.

    Comment by Little Miss Traveller — May 20, 2020 @ 10:36 | Reply

    • Hello Marion.

      When preparing this post few week ago I was afraid to tell what happed in my country long time ago. She has been buried in Hietaniemi Cemetery. If you have not visited there, I can say that it is worth for a visit. It is big and there are old beautiful sculptures around. Bring your lunch with you.:) Thank you commenting.

      Have a good day!

      Comment by Sartenada — May 20, 2020 @ 12:23 | Reply

      • Hi Matti, I’ve visited Hietaniemi cemetery for a walk many times taking the bus from Tapiola to Ruoholahti then walking through the cemetery and along the beach as far as Cafe Regatta near the Sibelius monument then catching a tram or bus back to Kamppi. The metro opened soon after my last visit so that is something else for me to experience although I will miss the wonderful views from the bus on its way to Espoo.

        Comment by Little Miss Traveller — May 20, 2020 @ 13:41 | Reply

        • Hello Marion.

          How nice to read that you know it! The route, which you selected is well-selected! In my next post, you will some piece of Espoo!

          Have a good day!

          Comment by Sartenada — May 21, 2020 @ 06:53 | Reply

  4. je suis très étonnée d’apprendre qu’il y a eu des ventes d’enfants en Finlande et je te remercie de nous en informer car c’est important de le savoir.
    cette église est très différente des églises que tu nous montres habituellement: sa décoration et ses orgues sont très ‘modernes’
    merci pour toutes ces découvertes et belle journée, Matti
    bises

    Comment by malyloup — May 20, 2020 @ 10:54 | Reply

    • Bonjour Maly.

      C’est une histoire honteuse, mais parfois il est bon de raconter des choses difficiles. Les clochers me tiennent à cœur et celle-ci est magnifique. Merci de laisser votre aimable commentaire.

      Belle jourée à vous.

      Comment by Sartenada — May 20, 2020 @ 12:42 | Reply

  5. Thanks Matti! This is an interesting look back to a time when Finland was not the rich country it is today. I love these classical chruch buildings, with their separate towers and find them fascinating. As ever, thanks for the photos and for a glimpse into your family’s history.

    Comment by Stella — May 20, 2020 @ 11:49 | Reply

    • Hello Stella.

      I am glad that you loved my post, although I did tell something about our history which we are not proud of. Thank you.

      Have a wonderful day!

      Comment by Sartenada — May 20, 2020 @ 12:52 | Reply

  6. So beautiful!

    Comment by marlandphotos — May 20, 2020 @ 12:26 | Reply

  7. Hello Mr. Matti,
    This was an especially emotional article. I respect and thank you for sharing the glimpse into history. Yes it is tragic, but it’s important for us to learn from it – it applies to everyone, I believe. I am very happy your mother could live her later years with dignity and of course her family. I am glad you paid tribute to the soldiers too.

    Comment by T Ibara Photo — May 20, 2020 @ 14:16 | Reply

    • Hello Takami.

      Thank you leaving so nice comment. I am glad that you noticed my tribute to solders. War heroes and their memorials are well-kept and honored in my country. In fact, on many graveyards they are gorgeous sculptures telling living history and thus visiting our cemeteries, especially on countryside, are worth for a visit.

      Have a good day!

      Comment by Sartenada — May 21, 2020 @ 07:00 | Reply

  8. Every nation has sad chapters in its history. The important thing is to learn from them, change, and move on. We’re not doing quite as well with our history of slavery as it seems your country has, but there surely are people in your country, too, who still live with the past in various ways. I’m glad your mother ended her years in happiness. As for the church: it’s beautiful, as are the grounds surrounding it. I was astonished to read that the cupola is wood. That is quite an achievement — and I’ll bet the sound of the organ in that space is wonderful.

    Comment by shoreacres — May 20, 2020 @ 15:18 | Reply

    • Hello Linda.

      Thank you for your praising comment. I have said many times during the years in my blogs, that on our countryside, we have most beautiful and interesting wooden churches in Finland. Actually, I started my photography life by shooting photos of churches and slowly I noticed, that they offer gorgeous art inside and outside. This meant that my eyes opened to see our world in a different way – seeing the beauty created by man and by the Mother Nature.

      Have a good day!

      Comment by Sartenada — May 21, 2020 @ 07:08 | Reply

  9. I agree with you, Sartenada, the church is quite modest by the standards of the great cathedrals in the world but very beautiful. I like the surroundings too, the cemetery and its park-like setting.

    Comment by Peter Klopp — May 20, 2020 @ 15:32 | Reply

    • Hello Peter.

      Well-said Peter. The inside decoration of churches depends on money. This means concretely no gold everywhere. Many parishes are poor, but churches must serve its parishioners. Thank you commenting.

      Have a good day!

      Comment by Sartenada — May 21, 2020 @ 07:13 | Reply

  10. The pictures clearly show what a gorgeous church this is–with so much historical importance and detail.

    Comment by equipsblog — May 20, 2020 @ 16:25 | Reply

    • Hello Pat.

      Thank you loving this wooden Church. On our countryside we have mainly wooden and bell towers are separated from churches. We have of course, medieval churches, but the are situated on the coastline. These churches are stone churches.

      Have a good day!

      Comment by Sartenada — May 21, 2020 @ 08:52 | Reply

      • Thanks for the clarification. It’s interesting to read how each counry’s churches have their own story and personality.

        Comment by equipsblog — May 21, 2020 @ 14:21 | Reply

  11. Thank you for the German Information on this lovely church. Very handy. 🙂 nice to read in German too.

    Comment by utesmile — May 20, 2020 @ 18:17 | Reply

    • Hello Ute.

      Very nice to read that German text pleased you. In the beginning of summer, I will post my first post from Germany! 🙂 It is not in German, but presents a place which you do not know, I presume. Thank you.

      Have a wonderful day!

      Comment by Sartenada — May 21, 2020 @ 09:59 | Reply

  12. How beautiful church!
    Especialy I like colors of the inside.

    Comment by 洋子 — May 20, 2020 @ 18:38 | Reply

    • こんにちは洋子.

      どうもありがとう!

      素敵な1日を!

      Comment by Sartenada — May 21, 2020 @ 10:10 | Reply

  13. Thanks for sharing this sad story about the past but as you said “is a fact”. So lovely photos Matti!!!

    Comment by almeidadepaulo — May 20, 2020 @ 21:36 | Reply

    • Hello Paulo.

      Thank you leaving so kind words in your comment.

      Have a good day!

      Comment by Sartenada — May 21, 2020 @ 10:13 | Reply

  14. Thank you for sharing your story. I had never heard of poor children being sold in the marketplace for others to bring them up. In Scotland we had the ‘Highland Clearences’ when people were moved off the land to make way for sheep! Some were sent off to Canada and Australia and manyt died on the way. Great story and lovely pictures. I wonder if the Church is still used today for the worship of God?

    Comment by matthewmckinnonsblog — May 20, 2020 @ 22:02 | Reply

    • Hello Matthew.

      Thank you leaving your kind comment and loving my post.

      Have a good day!

      Comment by Sartenada — May 21, 2020 @ 10:16 | Reply

  15. Such a sad family history. I had no idea of the selling of children as slaves other than in America.
    The church and surrounding grounds are beautiful.

    Comment by suth2 — May 21, 2020 @ 00:21 | Reply

    • Hello Suth.

      I am glad that you loved the story and my post. Thank you.

      Have a good day!

      Comment by Sartenada — May 21, 2020 @ 10:17 | Reply

  16. I’m sorry to hear the story of your mother and her siblings. I hope they all had happier lives as adults.

    Comment by the eternal traveller — May 21, 2020 @ 04:28 | Reply

    • Hello Carol.

      Thank you leaving your kind comment. Yes, they all had better life later. For example, I met many times my ant in living in Stockholm, Sweden. She a glad and happy person.

      Have a wonderful day!

      Comment by Sartenada — May 21, 2020 @ 10:23 | Reply

  17. Sorry to hear about your family.

    Comment by rabirius — May 21, 2020 @ 12:51 | Reply

    • Hello Rabius.

      Thank you leaving so kind words.

      Have a good day!

      Comment by Sartenada — May 22, 2020 @ 06:34 | Reply

      • You’re welcome. Have a good day too.

        Comment by rabirius — May 22, 2020 @ 09:48 | Reply

  18. Vaya historia, que duro debió ser, espero que tuviera un merecido final feliz. Me encantan las iglesias finesas que nos muestras. Muchas gracias por hacernos conocer un poquito mejor tu pais:) Pasa una feliz tarde.Un abrazo

    Comment by vagandopormundopolis — May 21, 2020 @ 16:40 | Reply

    • Hola Bea.

      Muchas gracias a ti por tu comentario. Al presentar nuestras iglesias, ¡la alegría está de mi lado!

      Abrazos y buen día!

      Comment by Sartenada — May 22, 2020 @ 06:47 | Reply

  19. Hermoso homenaje a tu madre, Matti, muchas gracias por compartirlo.
    Acostumbrada a los cementerios de España, siempre resguardados por tapias altas, me han llamado la atención los cementerios abiertos que he podido conocer en distintas ciudades de Europa, Me admira y me gusta ver a los adultos y niños paseando por ellos. Y por supuesto, provista de mi cámara no dejo ninguno sin fotografiar.
    Un gran abrazo.

    Comment by Isabel Fernández Bernaldo de Quirós — May 21, 2020 @ 17:10 | Reply

    • Hola Isabel.

      Los cementerios también son lugares para calmarse, detener las prisas, observar sus propios pensamientos y sentimientos. Para mí, también son lugares donde encontrar arte “eterno”, que toca el alma del hombre. Muchas gracies.

      Abrazos. ¡Que tengas un muy buen día!

      Comment by Sartenada — May 22, 2020 @ 06:57 | Reply

  20. My grandfather was not auctioned, but the family story is that, with winter and another mouth to feed, his parents realized they couldn’t afford to raise him. They piled him on the sled and took him to the neighbors, who happened to be across the border in Norway. So, while that side of the family was raised Norwegian, they are ethnically Finnish. When you get far enough north for Finland and Norway to have a border, I have a feeling the culture is not very different.

    Comment by halffastcyclingclub — May 22, 2020 @ 02:11 | Reply

    • Hello Rankin.

      Thank you telling your story. I know the border. We have been in Nordkapp and Kirkenes. There are Finnish descendants in the norther Norway, for example, Kven people in Finnmark. In Norway there are friendly people, this is the fact, which we have noticed when making road trips there.

      Have a good day!

      Comment by Sartenada — May 22, 2020 @ 07:17 | Reply

  21. These famine stories are excruciating…

    Comment by Hettie D. — May 22, 2020 @ 05:13 | Reply

    • Hello Hettie.

      Thank you visiting my blog and leaving your praising comment.

      Have a nice day!

      Comment by Sartenada — May 22, 2020 @ 07:05 | Reply

  22. Your mother must have been a strong woman. As for the selling of poor and orphaned children? Was this common practise in Scandinavia and Poland, or just in Finland/Russia/?
    It is a beautiful church with a sad history, but then many aspect of history were sad, especially wars.

    Comment by Forestwood — May 22, 2020 @ 08:03 | Reply

    • Hello Amanda.

      Thank you commenting. Well, I do not know if elsewhere than in Finland. Sorry. I am glad that you love this wooden church.

      Have a wonderful day!

      Comment by Sartenada — May 22, 2020 @ 10:10 | Reply

      • On reading the Wiki article, it appears it was common practise throughout Europe.

        Comment by Forestwood — May 22, 2020 @ 11:17 | Reply

        • Amanda,

          those times have been hard times! My mother never talked much about those times. It is same when telling about war times. My father was silent about the war, but he had a big wound mark on his stomach. My father-in-law told a lot of war stories and every time when we met him.

          Comment by Sartenada — May 22, 2020 @ 12:11 | Reply

          • Hard times indeed. And older folk kept emotions like cards- close to their chest. Nowadays we are encouraged to speak about feelings.

            Comment by Forestwood — May 22, 2020 @ 13:33 | Reply

  23. Oh my the story of your Mom is heartbreaking. I had no idea this went on in Finland during that time. The photos are lovely.

    Comment by Sue Slaght — May 22, 2020 @ 19:50 | Reply

    • Hello Sue.

      Well, such a World we had long time ago. Thank you visiting and commenting.

      Happy weekend!

      Comment by Sartenada — May 23, 2020 @ 06:42 | Reply

  24. You’ve done a great job showing us this place! It looks like a fun place to shoot. Thanks for sharing!

    Comment by denisebushphoto — May 22, 2020 @ 23:41 | Reply

    • Hello Denice.

      Thank you for your kind words.

      Have a good day!

      Comment by Sartenada — May 23, 2020 @ 06:52 | Reply

  25. Here is modern and traditional.
    My feeling is good. because your photos are good sense!
    Thank you ! from Japan.

    Comment by キース — May 23, 2020 @ 07:05 | Reply

    • Hello Keith-san.

      コメントありがとうございます。

      ありがとうございます

      Comment by Sartenada — May 23, 2020 @ 12:32 | Reply

  26. What a beautiful church and magnificent organ! Thank you for sharing this bit of history of your country and family. It’s so sad that people’s circumstances can drive them to such desperate measures – both in the past and present.

    Comment by Marilyn Albright — May 23, 2020 @ 19:52 | Reply

    • Hello Marilyn.

      Thank you commenting my post so nicely. When I think of the life that is offered to us, I can say that life is a challenge. Everyone of us must experience it better or worse in our own way, but who decides the final result, I cannot say. The starting points of life vary, for some of us they are easier, some of us more difficult. Finally, on the deathbed we have the distribution of “diplomas”!

      Have a good day!

      Comment by Sartenada — May 24, 2020 @ 07:06 | Reply

  27. Such a beautiful building! I had no idea it was so close to Jyväskylä although I’ve spent lots of time in the area every summer. Next time I’ll have to go visit the church.

    Comment by Sirri Rimppi — May 24, 2020 @ 12:35 | Reply

    • Hello Sirri.

      I am glad that you did find something interesting for you among my blog. Well, next time… Thank you commenting

      Happy new week!

      Comment by Sartenada — May 25, 2020 @ 06:25 | Reply

  28. You are so kind to share this personal story. I appreciate it so much.

    Comment by Lara/Trace — May 24, 2020 @ 19:48 | Reply

    • Hello Lara.

      Thank you leaving your kind comment. I am glad that you loved my post.

      Have a nice day!

      Comment by Sartenada — May 25, 2020 @ 06:34 | Reply

  29. You are so right, that huutolais- system is a shame in our history. They really were slaves, and it is easy to understand how those children, and adults, were treated, because they were sold to those asking lowest payment. In many places they ate what was not proper even for pigs.

    Comment by photofinlandrantasalot.wordpress.com — May 28, 2020 @ 13:36 | Reply

    • Hello.

      I appreciate your comment very much. You said it as my mother told! Thank you.

      Happy upcoming weekend!

      Comment by Sartenada — May 29, 2020 @ 06:37 | Reply

  30. I had not been aware of the practice of child auctions before this. It must have been a traumatic experience for your mother — thanks for sharing her story with us. The church is beautiful, and the graves of the soldiers are very well maintained.

    Comment by seniorhiker — May 31, 2020 @ 16:14 | Reply

    • Hello George.

      Thank you loving my photos and having interest in the contents of my post.

      Have a great start of new week!

      Comment by Sartenada — June 1, 2020 @ 06:27 | Reply

  31. Thanks for sharing. It’s interesting how clean the architectural lines are – unmistakably Scandinavian. Your story is remarkable also. My father had a similar but culturally different circumstance.

    Comment by Tammy — May 31, 2020 @ 20:31 | Reply

    • Hello Tammy.

      Thank you for your kind words. I appreciate them. It was interesting what you said about your father.

      Happy new week!

      Comment by Sartenada — June 1, 2020 @ 06:31 | Reply

  32. What wonderful photos Sartenada. The church looks quite modern really. I’m really glad to be learning some history of Finland from your blog—we really haven’t known much about Finland at all.

    Comment by viviennemackie — June 5, 2020 @ 03:32 | Reply

    • Hello Vivienne.

      You are so kind. Well, this history, which I told, is not any more known by the young ones. Times have been changed since those days I was in school. I am glad that you loved this typical wooden church in Finland. Thank you commenting.

      Have a good day!

      Comment by Sartenada — June 5, 2020 @ 07:50 | Reply

  33. Beautiful images of the church’s interior!

    Comment by Anne Sandler — July 12, 2020 @ 16:40 | Reply

    • Hello.

      Hello Anne.

      Our churches on countryside are mainly wooden churches and bell towers are separated from churches. Thank you leaving your kind comment.

      Have a great start of new week!

      Comment by Sartenada — July 13, 2020 @ 07:14 | Reply


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