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Petäjävesi Old Church is a Lutheran church in central Finland. It was built of logs between 1763 and 1765, and stands as a outstanding example of a country church in eastern Scandinavia. The architectural style is a combination of the Renaissance conception with older forms derived from the Gothic.

The church of Petäjävesi was built for the congregation of Jämsä. Due to the distance to Jämsä, Petäjävesi was allowed to have its own cemetery. The church of Petäjävesi has a cross-type floor plan which is typical of churches in Scandinavia in the late 17th century.

The Old Church of Petäjävesi has a charming square tower made of wood and topped with a sphire. It has a two tier tiled roof.

Petäjävesi Old Church was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site during the 18th session of the World Heritage Committee which met in Phuket, Thailand, on 12 - 17 December, 1994.

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Petäjävesi Old Church, Finland
Petäjävesi Old Church, Finland
Author: Antti Bilund (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 3.0)

World Heritage Site Inscription Details

Location: N 62 15 00 E 25 11 00
Inscription Year: 1994
Type of Site: Cultural
Inscription Criteria: IV

Location Map of Petäjävesi Old Church

Petäjävesi Old Church is number 3 on the map.


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Visiting Petäjävesi Old Church

The nearest major town to Petäjävesi is Jyväskylä which is reachable by train. From there you will need to take a bus to reach Petäjävesi.


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