Thursday, April 17, 2014

O is for Old Church of Petäjävesi, Finland

FI-1556824, Sender: Riitta
Sent: 5 Oct 2012 from Kuopio, Finland
Received: 7 Nov 2012, Traveled 8,636 km in 33 days

Riitta wrote me many details about the old church at the back of her card:

The Old Church at Petäjävesi was marked as a UNESCO world heritage landmark in 1994 as an excellent example of a Lutheran country church built of logs. It is an architectural tradition unique to eastern Scandinavia. The church was built from 1763-1765. Nowadays the Old Church of Petäjävesi is used for worship on summer Sundays and one of Finland's most well-loved churches for weddings.

Here is another postcard with a view of the door facing the altar.

FI-1969245, Sender: Mepu
Sent: 30 Dec 2013 from Jyväskylä, Finland

Received 17 Jan 2014, Traveled 8,901 km in 18 days 

I am lucky there are many members from Finland at the website and I got not two but three postcards for this site from there. Here's a card with a view of the church from the outside. We have a nice view of the main structure built with horizontal logs and the bell tower at the west end.

FI-1213439, Sender: Sipi
Sent: 29 Sep 2011 from Helsinki, Finland
Received: 11 Oct 2011, Traveled 8,944 km in 12 days


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