30 heinäkuuta 2021

Friday Bliss #150 - The Church of St. Lawrence in Lohja

Today I’ll take you to The Middle Ages. Finnish medieval stone churches were built mainly of granite, but brick was often used in parts that required demanding design. According to current knowledge, there were 104 stone church projects, but some were discontinued or have since been demolished.

The Church of St. Lawrence in Lohja is a medieval greystone church that was built between 1470 and 1490. The interior lime paintings date back to the time of Bishop Arvid Kurki (1510–1522). St. Lawrence Church in Lohja and The Holy Cross Church in Hattula are the most significant decorated churches in Finland, and they are considered sister churches because of their abundant paintings. The church is dedicated to St. Laurentius, the deacon, who suffered martyr death. 

Here I have to praise this amazing Finnish novel that was released this year. 
The Saint of the Rats by Anneli Kanto tells how the lime paintings were done 
in The Holy Cross Church in Hattula. There was a group of church painters who came from 
Sweden (Finland belonged to Sweden at that time). The identity of the painters is unknown,
but probably the same group of painters decorated also the church in Lohja.

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18 kommenttia:

  1. Guten Morgen Riita,
    ein sehr interessante Kirche stellst du hier vor, auch innen ist sie sehr schön und sehenswert.
    Du hattest Glück, dass sie geöffnet war.
    Ein schönes Wochenende wünscht dir Eva.

  2. Thanks so much for sharing this! I love visiting these old churches. Beautiful photos. I am saving this for my Finland travel one day.


  3. So different the building and the style for itself, I just love it. Also inside the painting and reading the year my imagination went there. Happy to see the church, I am missing my trips for visiting churches and especially to go inside. At the moment it still is no fun; maybe you gave me a hit in my butt ;-)) Thankd for sharing and taking us with you.

    Greetings and hugs to you and wishing a perfect weekend

    Nova ☼

  4. Was für beeindruckende, ganz eigene Malereien! Schon der Bau ist für mitteleuropäische Augen ungewöhnlich. Danke fürs Zeigen!
    Bon week-end !

  5. Great stonework and painting - we often know so little about the painters...
    Would like to read this book.
    Have a nice weekend

  6. Beautiful stone building and church with beautiful interior designs. Have a wonderful weekend.

  7. The design of the church is very attractive and the wall paintings are amazing. I miss the spiritual atmosphere of ancient churches although many are open for a limited time now. Thank you for sharing. I wish you a good weekend.

  8. Although I could have chances to visit foreign countries a couple times, I have never experienced to visit a church with these holy atmosphere.
    Thank you very much for sharing with us especially for a Japanese like me.
    Sending Lots of Love and Hugs from Japan, xoxo Miyako*

  9. PS; orchid again♬  I've just realized your comment for me. Thank you very much and Have a wonderful coming weekend;

  10. Dearest Riitta,
    this is a particularly beautiful medieval church. I've never seen such a mix of stone and wood, and the interior design is wonderful and well preserved (or well restored)!
    I wish you a wonderful, enjoyable weekend
    All the best, Traude

  11. Very beautiful, this church. thanks for sharing.
    Happy weekend, Riitta!

  12. Das ist eine sehr schöne Kirche. Danke für die tollen Detailaufnahmen.
    LG. Karin M.

  13. Bella iglesia me gusto conocerla. Te mando un beso

  14. What a beautiful church you shared with us Riitta. I love the stone base and then the wood on top - it's very different to me. I often wonder about those artists who did the paintings in so many churches during medieval times. They live on in their art. Have a good weekend.

  15. Beautiful church! Thank you for sharing.

  16. La iglesia me parece preciosa. Besos.

  17. Liebe Riitta,
    was für eine schöne Kirche, mit so interessanten Bildern. Vielen Dank fürs Zeigen. Besonders, dass die Kirche so alt ist fasziniert mich, das ist für mich dann wie eine Reise in die Vergangenheit.
    Ich wünsche Dir noch einen schönen Sonntag.

    Viele liebe Grüße


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