Holy Cross Church, Parola

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#7 of 12 in Historic Sites in Tavastia Proper
The Holy Cross Church in Hattula, Finland, is the oldest church in the former Tavastia province.Archaeologist and art history professor Markus Hiekkanen has shown that construction of the current brick building spanned the period from 1472 to 1490 and that the building did not date to the 14th century, as previously thought.Unique for having been built almost entirely of brick rather than stone, the church was a popular pilgrimage destination during the Middle Ages. A grey stone perimeter wall was added in the 16th century. The church contains paintings from the years 1510 through 1922, as well as 40 wooden sculptures dating to the first half of the 14th century. Precious-metal crowns which had formerly belonged to the church were confiscated during the Reformation. The church pulpit, dating to 1550, is the oldest surviving pulpit in Finland. A second pulpit was built in the 17th century. A bell tower next to the church dates to 1813.The Hattula church is known for its lime paint frescoes done in late Gothic style, likely completed by the same group of artists who later painted the St. Lars church in Lohja .
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  • I had a WOW! moment when I entered the church. The decoration is breathtaking and so colorful and well preserved. The pulpit is very decorated. There is lots to see. Next to the church there is a smal...  more »
  • After the tank museum in Parola this is a great addition to the afternoon. The girl from the information booth was very accommodating to open the church and spent our time in the church answering our ...  more »
  • Historical church with quite old paintings (frescos) on the wall. I recommend the use of guide, because they can tell you more detailed info, and you can ask questions. Nearby stands a little museum, ...  more »
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  • A beautiful church as a whole, a real old rakenmustaitoa that no one has tärvellyt. Inside the still finer than the exterior, in the pulpit of the gorgeous, and wall paintings can be ihastelematts to ignore, well worth a visit.
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  • It's cool. Note some of the drawings pictured which perversion predovali justice. This is not enough for our raspushhennomu society.
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  • Kauniainen, historic church in a beautiful location. Guided tour available, also during the summer.
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  • Fantastic medieval frescoes. You shouldn't abide by the somewhat rundown appearance not by visiting
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  • An impressive experience.
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