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Kerimäki Church

Postby Yogi » 22 Mar 2008, 09:11

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kerim%C3%A4ki
This is the biggest wooden church in the world and is located in Finland. Just thought you might want to know.
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Re: Kerimäki Church

Postby G5Pontiac » 22 Mar 2008, 09:29

I wonder how much maintenance it requires? After all, it is over 160 years old, and it's wood. Generally, wood buildings will begin to bio-degrade in about 60 years, or even sooner in some climates. Log houses are the worst, because how do you replace a rotten log that's woven into the structure? But, that church is built much better than with logs.

Also, there is an ever present fire danger. Yet, the Finns are talented and resourceful people. That the church has stood this long is a tribute to their national character, as well as their expertise.

The architecture is the strangest that I've ever seen, not unpleasant, but with with three or more combined styles.

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Re: Kerimäki Church

Postby pilvikki » 22 Mar 2008, 13:43

i think the northen winters keep buildings intact longer, buildings from the 1600's are not uncommon in finland.

this church is 45 m long, 42 wide, 27 tall, 37 to the point of the cross. it seats 3000 people, but yes, you can cram 5000 into it. the reason for the 5000 was so that the entire population of the area could attend at once. [well, that ship sailed.]

it's a summer church, i. e. not heated, but in 1932 part of it was enlarged for a winterized church. [sacristy?]

the bell tower, built at the same time has two bells, one from 1684 and the large one from 1884.


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Re: Kerimäki Church

Postby Silke » 24 Mar 2008, 14:56

we have buildings from the 1600 as well...and even older

The old stave churches (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stave_church)

* Borgund stave church¹, Sogn og Fjordane, — end of the 12th century
* Eidsborg stave church¹, Telemark, — the middle of the 13th century
* Flesberg stave church¹ in Flesberg, Buskerud, built around 1200
* Fåvang stave church in Ringebu, Oppland, rebuilt in 1630 (two old churches rebuilt as one)
* Garmo stave church¹, Oppland, — around 1150
* Gol stave church¹ in Gol (now at Norsk Folkemuseum), Buskerud, built 1212
* Grip stave church¹, Møre og Romsdal, second half of the 15th century
* Haltdalen stave church¹, Sør-Trøndelag, — 1170 - 1179
* Hedal stave church¹, Oppland, — the second half of the 12th century
* Heddal stave church¹, Telemark, — the beginning of the 13th century
* Hegge stave church¹, Oppland, — 1216
* Hopperstad stave church¹, Sogn og Fjordane, — 1140
* Høre stave church¹, Oppland, — 1180
* Høyjord stave church¹, Vestfold, — second half of the 12th century
* Kaupanger stave church¹, Sogn og Fjordane, — 1190
* Kvernes stave church¹, Møre og Romsdal, — second half of the 14th century
* Lomen stave church¹, Oppland, — 1179
* Lom stave church¹, Oppland, — second half of the 12th century
* Nore stave church¹ in Nore og Uvdal, Buskerud, built 1167
* Øye stave church¹, Oppland, — second half of the 12th century
* Reinli stave church¹, Oppland, — 1190
* Ringebu stave church¹, Oppland, — the first quarter of the 13th century
* Rollag stave church¹ in Rollag, Buskerud, built second half of the 12th century
* Rødven stave church¹, Møre og Romsdal, — around 1200
* Røldal stave church¹, Hordaland, — first half of the 13th century (could be a post church)
* Torpo stave church¹ in Ål, Buskerud, built 1192
* Undredal stave church¹, Sogn og Fjordane, — the middle of the 12th century
* Urnes stave church¹, Sogn og Fjordane, — first half of the 12th century (On UNESCO’s World Heritage List)
* Uvdal stave church¹ in Uvdal, Buskerud, built 1168

I marked the oldest. All of them still stands, wooden structures.
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Re: Kerimäki Church

Postby pilvikki » 24 Mar 2008, 16:17

hehe, you're a religious lot.

the remarkable thing about the kerimäki church is its size. as for old churches, christianity took its sweet time getting to finland. i found no churches built of wood from the 1100's, but a few stone churches have been around since, at least partially.
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Re: Kerimäki Church

Postby G5Pontiac » 25 Mar 2008, 02:49

Silke, thanks for posting that interesting information. America, still being more like a frontier, doesn't have anything very old. I'm fascinated by the old architecture found in northern Europe. I love northern Europe culture, and easily identify with it.
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Re: Kerimäki Church

Postby Silke » 25 Mar 2008, 05:25

I'm not even sure there is a small village without a church of somekind... there are several in the cities. I would rather say we were a religious bunch. These days I think most of us is written in the church more because we are too lazy to write them alittle note saying we want out. Number of religious people is waneing... fast!
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Re: Kerimäki Church

Postby imbizze » 25 Mar 2008, 07:17

Wow! Such history! I love the details on this church.

In the USA, things built in the 1800's are "old" lol. I'd love to see some of the old stave churches. Amazing!
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Re: Kerimäki Church

Postby pilvikki » 26 Mar 2008, 01:05

silke, do you have "church villages" like this one in sweden:

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people would come to this village and stay in these small cottages just for a holiday or a wedding or other occasion and then they'd take the rowboat home.
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Re: Kerimäki Church

Postby Linda » 27 Mar 2008, 11:09

Frank has pictures of a place like that in Sweden. The church is absolutely gorgeous! Their tour guide told them about the little houses where the parishioners could stay. Apparently the families still own these houses but can't use them regularly even today. I'll have to ask him again where it is. (He's leaving this afternoon for another 10 days in Sweden).
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Re: Kerimäki Church

Postby pilvikki » 27 Mar 2008, 22:59

that particular one is near luleå, towards the north end on the coast.
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Re: Kerimäki Church

Postby Silke » 29 Mar 2008, 06:21

I don't think we do... historicly speaking however, there were places people would go far only to attend church. I don't know much about though. It wouldn't suprise me if those places turned out to be on the sweedish side of the border!
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Re: Kerimäki Church

Postby pilvikki » 29 Mar 2008, 15:09

in finland 10 km's is [was?] called Peninkuuluma, or the distance one could hear a dog bark. i suppose the same idea came about from the distance church bells carried and those areas became the borders of towns and villages.
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Re: Kerimäki Church

Postby Linda » 29 Mar 2008, 22:29

that particular one is near luleå, towards the north end on the coast.


I'm amazed! Hooch, how did you know that's where it was? I couldn't remember. Frank called from there today and promised more pictures. Now let's see if they are of the church or of a steel mill! :lmao4:
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Re: Kerimäki Church

Postby pilvikki » 29 Mar 2008, 22:59

that's a pretty famous place. well, over there... :lmao4: there are others, but that's the only one generally talked about.
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