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Kerimäki Church is the biggest wooden church in the world. The dimensions are: length 45 meters, width 42 m, height 27 m and 37 m to top of the cross. It's nothing against to big ones in the world, but if you have visited other wooden churches in Finland you find this one as huge. Total length of the bench is more than a mile, you can count, sitting places for 3000 and totally 5000 persons can participate ceremonies.
Arckitech Anders Granstedt made the drawings of this double cross church year 1844 and he increased earlier plans with idea that half of the county's inhabitants should be able to be in ceremonies. The construction started at the same year and the church was ready 25th September 1847. It was a miracle then and at least I think it's still and a religious must-see in the area.
The Tower was build at the same time with height of 42 meters. There are two bells, the smaller one from 1684 and the newer from year 1884. The church went trough renovations and the current shape is from 1997.
By the way the 20-tone organs (1894) are from Kangasala Organ factory, from some 10 kilometers from my house, but unfortunately the factory is not there anymore, the last organ was made 1983 (and after bankryptcy with different name to 1995. The last one is in Pirkkala church).
Free entrance (guide for groups 30€) - Opening times (2012):
1st - 30th June 10.00-18.00 (midsummer eve 10.00-16.00)
1st - 31st July 10.00-19.00
1st - 12th August 10.00-18.00
13th to 31st August 10.00-16.00 (the tower is closed)
Connections: Follow road 14 to East, take road 71 (to Anttola) and then turn right to the Kerimäki centre. Total distance less than 25 kilometers.
Photos coming later.
Written Apr 22, 2013
Take a trip to Enonkoski, visit local shops, there is a lovely shop in old building (4H organization is managing it) selling hand made Finnish stuff from around. Then drive some 5 kilometers and you find Hanhivirta cable ferry. This is our way to travel in lake side. Of course these are disappearing, it's easier to build a bridge than operate these around the year. But you still can find many (altogether 40, most in these areas and Turku archipelago) and what the best, they are free we are not in Norway now.
If you are busy, check the "timetable" :) They operate all the time, but there is only captain on the board so he has to keep lunch and coffee breaks and those are scheduled (according to labor code :) The ferries act as continuous service, waiting on the other side if there is no traffic (Turku archipelago ferries have timetable, if you are there), so you have 50/50 possibility to find the ferry from your side :)
In Hanhivirta the breaks are:
08.45 - 09.00
11.30 - 11.45
16.45 - 17.00
19.30 - 19.45
and the ferry takes about 21 normal cars.
One tip if you are in archipelago area. All ferries have telephone and if you know the schedule and are just missing the next one, call them. They can wait some minutes, at least during off peak times.
Updated Apr 16, 2013
Phone: +358 400 302 948
This is a house we could see from the footbridge connecting Kasinosaari to the town centre. The morning of our departure, we decided to take the time to see it up close. From the footbridge, we took a left on Olavinkatu and another left on Kalmarinkatu. It was worth the small detour.
Written Nov 13, 2005
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