There are two graveyards, the old one is located around the church. There you will find soldier graves and boulders for tge memory of the people who died from the famine. This is also the final resting place for the famous Finnish writer Pentti Haanpaa with his wife
The church of Piipola was built beteeen the years 1768 and 1770 under building master Anders Brofall's guidance. The church was inaugurated in 1771 and it was named Magdalene's church. Afterwards the church has been repaired many times. The biggest modification was made in 1887 when the appearance of the church was changed to tge shape it nowadays is
Onner parts of the sanctuary have been painted between 1999 and 2000 and then pictures were uncovered in the pulpit which were overlayed in 1880. Puctures which depuct Jesus, the four evangelists, Moses and Death have been painted by Mikael Topelius
Olvi is one of the nationally distributed Finnish beers that the locals (any many from elsewhere) swear by. The dabble in non-alcoholic beverages as well, but are perhaps best known for their beer and cider products. Much like any other brewery, Olvi organizes occasional tours of it's factory. If you've been on a brewery tour before it will be much the same. But if you find yourself in Iisalmi and are looking for something to do, this is a fine option. Better would be if you're in town in July for the Oluset beer festival (http://www.oluset.fi/oluet.php).
Olvi Ltd is a beer brewery in the upper part of Middle-Finland, in the city of Iisalmi. Olvi is also the mark of their most famous beer.
The parent company Olvi plc was founded on 5 October 1878. Today the company is listed in Helsinki exchanges, has business in many countries and employs 1000 persons.
Olvi organises guided tours; you can see the equipment with which and how the beer is brewed. You also get a chance to taste the beer.
The museum of local history and culture of Ylä-Savo is situated in a very beautiful and nice location just a few hundred metres from the centre of Iisalmi. The main building is about 300 years old and has been moved to this location from Vieremä. Other buildings (shed, storehouse, granary, windmill) are originally situated all over Ylä-Savo. The museum of local history and culture was opened to the public in 1964. The main building is a tradiotional finnish smoke cabin. You can still smell the smoke which is coming from the walls of cabin. In the museum you can familiarize yourself with everyday life of Finnish farmers of the 18th and 19th century.
The museum is open from tuesday to friday 11-17, saturdays 11-16 and sundays 12-16. Admission fee is 2 euros for adults and 1 euro for childrens.
The independent Iisalmi Parish was established 15.2.1627. The first parish church burnt down in 1699. By the late 18th century, a new parish church was needed. By the Swedish law all churches in at the time were to be built of stone. In lack of suitable stone material and skilled labour, and lacking the necessary funds, the people of Iisalmi got a royal permission for a new wooden church. The church was finished in 1779 and named after the future king Gustav IV Adolf. To commemorate the 225th anniversary of the old church, a small church museum was opened in the church in June 2004. The exhibition portrays the vicissitudes of congregation and operations throughout its entire history. Church is open at summertime daily 11am-6pm, otherwise by arrangement.
The Juhani Aho museum offers visitors the opportunity to learn about the writer`s home and parsonage culture predominant during the end of the 1880s. Many of the articles in the museum are those that have once belonged to Juhani Aho himself. A windmill, wartime storehouse, cellar, servant`s quarters, storage houses, barn and sauna are dotted the area of the yard. The museum is open 1.-31.5. Mon-Fri 10am-4pm, 1.6.-31.7. Mon-Sun 10am-6pm, 1.-31.8. Mon-Fri 10am-6pm.
Situated in Iisalmi town centre, in the heart of Yla-Savo (Northern Savo district), the eminent byzantine Karelian Orthodox Cultural Centre with its domes blends in beatifully with the area. Harmony, the essence of the Karelian Otrhodox Cultural Centre, creates an attractive ambience and enhances the atmosphere of festivities or an everyday conference. The Karelian Orthodox Cultural Centre maintains the Orthodox culture and offers for visitors an opportunity to admire the beautiful frescos and the stained glass windows as well as models and icons of churhces and tsasounas that were left in Karelia after the war. Don`t forget to visit in St. Eliah Church which is situated in the Immediate vicinity of the Karelian Orthodox Cultural Centre. The church features wall paintings which were completed in 1995. These magnificent painting, which cover approximately 450 square meters, are unique in Northern Europe.
There was a saying in Iisalmi at the end of the 1880s: "the booze in Iisalmi will never run out, even if you water your horse with it". The Olvi Oluthalli in Iisalmi offers visitor a wonderful chance to learn about brevery opertions, the process of brewing beer and the history of Olvi in Finland`s only Brevery Museum.
When you use the subway from the gas station to the village you will see some amazing graffiti there