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Old Church in the

Vanha kirkko

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Why locals love it

The Old Church is an empirical white wooden church designed by C. L. Engel, located at the pretty park the area is very busy walking, playing and picnic area in the center. The Church was completed in December 1826, as a temporary building solution, and is the oldest still existing church in Helsinki.

Why you should visit it

The church pulpit is from 1726 and it originates from the Church of Ulrika Eleonora in Senate Square. The altarpiece is made by the painter Robert Wilhelm Ekman. The Church is still one of Helsinki's most popular wedding churches.

Special tip

By locals the park was named Ruttopuisto (Plague Park), which refers to the victims of an epidemic buried at the cemetery in the early 18th century.

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This so called "Old Church used actually to be "the new church" during the time when the Dome Church was being built. Some material that was removed from the demolished Ulrika Eleonora's church was moved here. There are no church bells nor a tower. The park with old gravestones is really nice place to see.
November 17, 2020

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