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.To visit Old Church on your trip to Helsinki, use our Helsinki trip planner .
The 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.
The 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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クラウスKホテルの通りを渡ってすぐにあるのがこのバンハ教会です。秋の紅葉シーズンと相まって紅葉の黄色とこの教会の清廉な白がとても映えます。 more »This Banha Church is just across the street of the Klaus K Hotel. Coupled with the autumn autumn season, the yellow leaves and the pure white of this church shine very much.
ヘルシンキの街のシンボル的な存在「ヘルシンキ大聖堂」を小さくしたようなそっくりな教会がこちらの「バンハ教会」。 「スウェーデン劇場」の近くにあるので、中央駅からもすぐ。 敷地面積も広めで、とっても雰囲気が良かったです。 内部を見学できる時間が短いので注意は必要ですが、教会好きの方は是非♪ more »This is the Banha Church, a church that looks exactly like the small size of Helsinki Cathedral, a symbol of the city of Helsinki. It's close to the Swedish Theatre, so it's just a short walk from the main train station. The site area was also large, and the atmosphere was very good. Because the time to visit the inside is short, it is necessary to pay attention, but if you like church, please come♪.
A nice little park in Helsinki, not too far from the train station. A little getaway from the city part of Helsinki, perfect for some light reading in the sun on a nice warm day.
Nice park located in the city center, not far from the main train station (about 10 minutes walk). Ideal for people watching and chilling out with friends. People tend to go there to sit on the grass and have some drinks.
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