Kerimäki, a small village in Finland, boasts of the largest wooden church in the World with a seating capacity of 3000 persons and overall assembly capacity of 5000. It is also the most spacious church in Finland.
Rumor has it that the builders made a mistake in building the the church in inches while the architect calculated in centimeters (1 inch equals 2.54cm). but recent studies have shown that the church was intended to be that big from the start.
Designed by architect A. F. Granstedt, the Church has a length of 45 meters, width of 42 meters and a height of 27 meters. At the time of its construction it was considered a carpentry marvel. Completed on September 25th 1847, it was consecrated on June 11th 1848.
Because of extreme cold conditions the services in the church are held only during the summer months. In winter the services take place at a nearby smaller church which was built in 1953. However on Christmas morning the parishioners gather inside the huge church and light up hundreds of candles, making the interior warm enough for the congregation.
In the WS I have included a wider view to show the church in context to the small village
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npecanhuk (56434) 2013-10-10 20:07
Sharpness, exposure, colors, vertical format, chosen pov and composition truly pleased me!
TFS - congrats,
dkmurphys (42697) 2013-10-11 0:16
Very beautiful vertical capture. The church is attractive even more because of the shadows and the warm colors.
Have a good day.
SnapRJW (23932) 2013-10-11 1:25
Hello Daniel - A very fine church for the small village. You have captured the architectural details really well here, the light is perfect for the shot bringing out colour and contrast and you have some pleasing areas of shadow. I can only imagine how fabulous the interior must be with the Christmas candles blzing. I think you will have to go back and take a photograph! Greetings from Windhoek. Rosemary
timecapturer (37406) 2013-10-11 5:07
love this! It looks so beautiful in this light and the detailing is just exquisite. Interesting notes too. I love the styling and size of this wonderful wooden church. Magnificent!
Have a great weekend - Brian.
saxo042 (33984) 2013-10-11 6:30
An interesting theory about the possible mistake to build in inches instead of centimetres. Whatever, still a very good picture with these strong and attractive colours.
holmertz (31516) 2013-10-11 8:08
Size doesn't always matter. This is a beautiful church in any case and it is very nicely situated among the trees, as the workshop shows. The autumn sun of northern Europe was still warm enough to provide a wonderful light. I like your composition of both photos which give us a very good view of the church.
In Sweden there have been stories of a couple of pointlessly large 19th century churches and railway stations in small places, where it's been hinted the they were actually intended for major cities but that the drawings got mixed up.
abmdsudi (32685) 2013-10-11 9:02
This one is quite charming shot and the interesting narratives. Impeccable colour and detail, I think your choice of lens is spot on for a wide angle corner shot. That certainly has the wow factor, love the composition, the sublime light and also the shadow across the church and excellent exposure. It's a beautifully documented shot, Well done.
macjake (45818) 2013-10-11 11:02
an excellent post for TE!
I've learned something new today for sure.
and i wonder if this church has ever been posted before on TE? perhaps you're the first to do so.
great story about the debate of inches or cm.
and very interesting too, about the cold temps inside!
cool indeed, and thanks for the WS photo.
all are very well done and I enjoyed the note.
fabbs99 (11376) 2013-10-11 23:37
Good mistakes can result in good architecture too.Fascinating composition with great exposure, splendid light and wonderful warm colors.Great POV and good composition.The light management and shadows are awesome. A quality image and stunning presentation.Keep sharing.TFS.
Noel_Byrne (13642) 2013-10-12 6:32
That's a beautiful church, and I love your note to go with it, its a nice idea that things are made so much bigger by a misinterpretation. Even though it is a story, the final result is a very fine place, and you chose a brilliant angle on it to show the tower and dome. So the dome is wooden too? Very cool, I like this place a lot, and the workshop is great.
All the best
Nicou (106187) 2013-10-12 7:44
quelle compo et vue quelle iamge sueprbe avec ce jaune et vert quelle architecture et cette coupole le clocher merveilleux sueprbe vue et iamge.
Bravo et amitié
eldancer1 (20900) 2013-10-13 7:55
Beautiful architecture! Nicely captured with good lighting and sharp details. Love the colors. Well done, tfs.
Silvio1953 (105914) 2013-10-13 12:10
Ciao Daniel, great view of original architecture, excellent clarity, splendid light and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
mcmtanyel (5476) 2013-10-14 6:11
An error that only NASA would make! However, in this case, the so-called mistake resulted in a spectacular building instead of a spectacular crash landing onto Mars. The late afternoon sun has cast wonderful shadows that have accentuated the beauty of the building. The baby-blue sky provides a pleasant contrast to the pleasant tones of the church building.
EstudioChispa (1724) 2013-10-14 10:03
I am trying to learn post-processing technique, and have now enough knowledge to see your genius here. This is hard light -- beautiful, but sharp. I am sure the raw file showed much deeper shadows than what we see here. But you have brought up those details, and (here is your genius!) you have done so without leaving any trace that that shadows have been manipulated.
With great admiration and gratitude for the lesson!
claudeD (27024) 2013-10-20 11:36
Very fine architecture picture from Finland with a very good composition and fine colors. I like the sharpness and clarity of the shot. Very well,done. TFS.
With regards from Luxembourg
mkamionka (27179) 2013-10-29 14:29
very unique church architecture. You captured it in an interesting light which emphasized the bright colors. I think I like more the wider panoramic shot. Finland is not a very frequent country on TE so I am glad to see your reportage.
Very well done!!
- Copyright: Daniel Solinger (marabu61) (5879)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-10-03
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Nikon D90, Tamron 18-270mm
- Exposure: f/9.0, 1/250 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Date Submitted: 2013-10-10 15:10