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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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  • July 31, 2017
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  • June 16, 2017
    Is a white church went to on the way home from the train station side, staying at Diana hostel wooded park in the closed doors, did not in
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  • June 11, 2017
    Not go sightseeing at Church, but was written at the entrance and open, so we entered. Sunday worship has been a homeless woman ate dessert in the back.
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  • July 8, 2017
    Nice old church. A white wooden structure. Seems to have been pulled out of Gone with the wind
  • June 17, 2017
    This Vanhakirkko is the oldest church in Helsinki, christened for use December 17th, 1826. You can usually get inside to admire the art or pray on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday noon till 3pm and Thursday noon till 8:30pm.
  • September 7, 2016
    Nice place for meeting ppl
  • March 5, 2017
    nice to look at
  • November 1, 2015
    A beautiful architecture with a nice scenery, and the park next to it is really beautiful by autumn.

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