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Espoo Cathedral, Espoo

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The Espoo Cathedral is a medieval stone church in Espoo, Finland and the seat of the Diocese of Espoo of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland. The cathedral is located in the district of Espoon keskus, near the Espoonjoki river. The oldest parts of the church were completed in the 1480s and it is thus the oldest preserved building in the city. The church became a cathedral in 2004 after the Diocese of Espoo was split off from the Diocese of Helsinki. The cathedral grounds include a graveyard, a vicarage and a parish hall completed in 1995. In addition to being the seat of the Diocese of Espoo, it serves as the church for the Espoo Cathedral Parish and hosts various concerts and other events including the "Organ Night and Aria" concert series.HistoryThe church was originally designed in the late 15th century by an unknown "Espoo master" and built between 1485 and 1490 under his supervision. The only remaining parts of the medieval church are the eastern and western parts of the nave. The weapons room was removed between 1804 and 1806 and certain other parts of the church, including the original sacristy, were taken apart between 1821 and 1823 when the building was converted into a more spacious cruciform church.The vaults and walls of the older parts of the cathedral are decorated with murals, largely painted in the 1510s, that depict both biblical scenes and events in the daily life of the people. The paintings were covered in the 18th century as they were thought to be "crude and superstitious" but uncovered again and conserved during renovations in 1931. The current campanile of the cathedral was completed in 1767 and its top part was redone between 1868 and 1869.
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  • What can I say. Do I have personal relation with the church? Yes. Do I feel good about the church because it is my family church? Yes. Should I not evaluate it? No, I should evaluate it. This is a won...  more »
  • That's really what does not expect to meet in contemporary Finnish suburb, so this is a real Cathedral of 15 century. Namely, that is the old church near the station of Espoo. Stunning frescoes (particularly the image of the devil) are spent time on the road.
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  • The medieval stone church in Espoo offers the view of a calming atmosphere so the Church in the Park as the Church's interior. The Church is a small, very intimate space, which is why it is popular for the ecclesiastical functions. In addition, it is mentioned in a long tradition of Aria and organ night Festival, which takes place every year from June to August every Thursday at 22.00. Classical music to a friend a unique opportunity. I encourage other to experience the atmosphere of a late evening in the company of the good music.
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  • Well restaurated medieval church, with beautiful proportions. Can accomodate a nice crowd of people, still cosy. And with memories from past generations, my loved ones.
  • Well maintained nature view and a very peaceful place to see.
  • The "Old Church" of Espoo, as it's colloquially known, is an old and beautiful one. Well worth a look if you're touristing by!
  • Beautiful old stone church.
  • Very large and traditional Finnish Church, nice to visit.
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