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The Old Church of Helsinki, designed by Carl Ludvig Engel and completed in 1826, is an Evangelical Lutheran church in Helsinki. The oldest existing church in central Helsinki, the church was originally planned as a temporary building as the Ulrika Eleonora Church constructed in 1727 had become too small for the congregation and the new church, Helsinki Cathedral, would not be completed until 1852. However, the city's rapid population growth from the early 19th century onwards ensured that the church would remain needed, and also necessitated the construction of many other churches.HistoryThe neoclassical wooden church was built under Engel's supervision between 1824 and 1826 and consecrated on 17 December 1826 by dean Johan Borgström. When the Ulrika Eleonora Church was demolished, the recovered building materials and part of the movables were auctioned but some of the furnishings including the pulpit, benches and chandeliers as well as the organ were relocated to the newly built church. These furnishings were however replaced over the years with the exception of the pulpit. A new 36 stop organ built by Per Larsson Åkermann was installed in 1869.The altarpiece painted by Robert Wilhelm Ekman was initially commissioned for Helsinki Cathedral, but was instead placed in the Old Church in 1854.ParkThe church is located in a recreational park maintained by the city and called Old Church Park .The park is sometimes colloquially called Plague Park as over a thousand victims of the 1710 plague are buried next to the park. The park itself was a cemetery from the 1780s until shortly after the church's construction. Its use as a graveyard was discontinued when the Hietaniemi Cemetery was consecrated in 1829, although some victims of the Finnish Civil War and fallen Finnish volunteers of the Estonian War of Independence were buried there in 1918 and 1919, respectively. Some 40 gravestones and memorials, as well as the Sederholm tomb remain of the cemetery.
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  • Surrounded by the park that was named after it, the Old Church is an architectural gem in the heart of Helsinki. Construction of this wooden church was completed in 1826. The park surrounding the chur...  more »
  • Built already in 1826 the Old Church has escaped fires though it is made from heavy logs of wood according to the Czars orders. Inside is a document signed by the Russian Alexander reassuring the Finn...  more »
  • The beautiful Old Church Park with it’s surroundings is one of the most highly valued areas in Helsinki.  more »
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  • Beautiful wooden church. I prefer these lutheric churches and their modesty.
  • A calm little hideaway in the bustling downtown area of Helsinki. Small and unassuming, popular picnic spot in the summer, casual strolls in winter.
  • Nice place for a short break on sunny days, last time when I was there unfortunately there was an awful smell from the trash.
  • Nice park with a cute old wooden church.
  • Nice small park. Lots of Pokemon players as there are lots of Pokestops in this park.

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