The Church of the Holy Cross is a medieval fieldstone church in Rauma, Finland. It is located in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Old Rauma. The church stands by the small stream of Raumanjoki .
The exact age of the Church of the Holy Cross is unknown, but it was built to serve as the monastery church of the Rauma Franciscan Friary. The monastery had been established in the early 15th century and a wooden church was built on this location around the year 1420. Historians assume the current stone church was completed in 1515–1520. The Church of the Holy Cross served the monastery until 1538, when it was abandoned for a hundred years as the Franciscan friary was disbanded in the Swedish Reformation. The church was re-established as a Lutheran church in 1640, when the nearby Church of the Holy Trinity was destroyed by fire.
The church itself is a two-aisle church made of grey granite. The choir features fresco-secco style murals depicting the Biblical story of salvation. The paintings are from the time of Arvid Kurck, who was Bishop of Turku 1510–1522. The Bell tower was built in 1816. It was made of stones from the ruins of the Church of the Holy Trinity. The white steeple used to serve as a landmark for seafarers.
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A Lutheran Church now proud of its Catholic decorative heritage. The wall paintings, depicting biblical moments, are a little garish surrounding the altar/sanctuary but intriguing. With some bright... more »
This grey granite church was completed in 1512. The white clock tower was built in 1816. The interior is beautiful. The ceiling section of the altar features restored frescoes in bright colors. On..... more »
Beautiful church, with lot of old art inside. Dim lights inside, and candlelight is not good for everybody's vision
Praise the lord thats why
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