Turku Cathedral is the mother church of the Lutheran Church of Finland, and the country’s national shrine. It is also regarded as one of the major records of Finnish architectural history. Turku Cathedral is now over seven hundred years old.
A small parish church was built on the hill of Unikankare in Turku, and consecrated as the church of St. Mary around the middle of the 13th century. The church, originally made of wood, and later rebuilt with stone, was consecrated as the Cathedral in 1300. At the same time, the Cathedral was dedicated to the patronage of St. Henry, the first bishop in Finland.
Workshop: Photo from the cathedral. Because of the bad lights only here.
The Organ of Cathedral
The main organ in the Cathedral contains 81 stops and 6057 pipes. It is the biggest mechanical organ in Finland, and it is said to be the most expensive instrument in Finland as well. The main organ has only been played for about 20 years, since 1980, and the choir organ and the organ in the Sharpshooters' Chapel are no older. The former dates back to 1973, the latter to 1980. They were all built by the Finnish organ-builders Veikko Virtanen, Ltd. The small portable organ dates from 1959. In the only true Cathedral acoustics in Finland, the organ also sounds behind the altarpiece, where a remote organ, operated by the main organ, is located.
Turku Cathedral, located on Unikankare Hill, is a national shrine. The church is dedicated to the Virgin Mary and Finland's first bishop, St. Henrik and was inaugurated in 1300.
The monuments and hundreds of details tell about the history of the Finnish people. Queen Kaarina Maununtytär and many bishops and military commanders have been laid to rest under the church arches.
The Cathedral Museum in the southern gallery takes the visitor back in times to the 14th century. Statuettes of saints and church silver dating back to the Catholic period in the Middle Ages are also on display.
Turku Cathedral is the mother church of the Lutheran Church of Finland, and the country’s national shrine. It is familiar, even dear to every Finn. Its bells chime at noon over the radio (Channel Yle Radio 1) throughout Finland, and they also proclaim the Christmas peace to the country. (Source:turku.fi & Turku Cathedral)
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mesutilgim (80624) 2009-03-22 1:47
Hi dear George,
Great capture with good pov and perfect layout. Amazing the contrast created by the row'ness of the walls and shiny metal tubes of the organ.
Quite good and usefull notes as well.
TFS and have a nice weekend
TopGeo (38192) 2009-03-22 1:51
Hi George!Even if it had difficulties of lighting you attributed the reception splendidly. Good frame and the architecture with the body Organ of Cathedral give a composition appreciable! Praise you
ymrk (14955) 2009-03-22 1:51
İnteresting viewin in that!What a splendid details in the same time beautiful light!Have a nice weekend,
csabee (243) 2009-03-22 2:03
Nagyon szép orgonát találtál, a modern formái érdekes ellentétet alkotnak a gótikus mennyezettel. A szimmetrikus szerkesztés tökéletes, a fények pedig jól kiemelik az orgonasípok formáit.
Buin (42260) 2009-03-22 2:03
Good morning George!
A truly great picture. I like the simplicity and "baldness" of this room. Nevertheless, a truly impressive sight. This must be a special place ...
Greetings from cold, humid and grey Germany!
besnard (52215) 2009-03-22 2:26
Elles sont superbes ces orgues toutes argentées dans un environnement beige. C'est trčs bien réalisé.
Merci pour cette belle image dominicale et bon dimanche.
ChrisJ (94842) 2009-03-22 2:56
A well managed interior architecture shot, with a good exposure level, & excellent diffused lighting & sharpness. I like the repetition of the vaulted arches. Tfs!
snunney (79973) 2009-03-22 2:57
A splendid capture of this lovely organ with its array of silver coloured pipes sparkling in the sunlight. The lighting is well managed and the detail superb. A fine image for a Sunday morning.
paura (47166) 2009-03-22 3:10
Beautiful and interesting shapes here, friend. Amazing the big pipe organ.
Very nice composition to show it. well done.
lousat (72855) 2009-03-22 3:15
Hi George.I like a lot this hard gothic style of this church. The pic is of first class,not easy to have details and colors so perfects inside a church whit a bad light,you manage very well that and you choose a very great POV,also the external view in WS is great!! My best compliments,have a nice day,Luciano
Cretense (68685) 2009-03-22 4:51
Excellent interior photography, very well balanced framing, very well "studied" composition, excellent light managment under dificult conditions! Congratulations!
npecanhuk (61636) 2009-03-22 6:45
Simple but interesting!
Excellent interior photograph!
Very good sharpness and exposure!
Fine details are so clearly seen!
TFS - congratulations!
TGULUMSER (13252) 2009-03-22 8:01
A great interior shot with superb details. The light management is very well,
Best regards, have a nice week,
vincz (19113) 2009-03-22 9:08
Wow... very majestic with great light management. The result is very impressive.
Photo65Net (43120) 2009-03-22 9:40
I like a lot this perspective.
You too perfectly managed with indoor light.
Have a nice day,
amaryllis (33602) 2009-03-22 12:06
une superbe photo de cet intérieur de cathédrale avec ces orgues superbes; tu es un pro de l'intérieur
l'architecture est tres belle et ton cadrage excellent
bobocortis (15946) 2009-03-22 12:21
An unusual pov from the low gives an interesting look to this church and his organ.
Good light menagement. It could be beautiful in b/n too.
jlbrthnn (79791) 2009-03-22 16:06
Good evening George,
The photograph of this organ to the very modern lines is of a good realization. The light is well managed there. the metal reflections are pleasant. A good work. Cheer.
Have a nice evening
trekks (14348) 2009-03-22 21:41
Your capture is superb in sharpness to show a good symmetry of the interior of church! What amazed me is the f/2.8 used for this shot and yet still able to give good depth to the view. Very good vertical composition.
Uhu (8399) 2009-03-23 2:54
I remember that Cathedral, very good one, and your photo is perfect!
Graal (95616) 2009-03-23 23:42
Jó napot George,
very nice presentation. Beautiful architecture and organs. Good informations. Great cathedral. I like it.
ifanik (21679) 2009-03-24 5:13
Wonderful photo my friend
I like your POV and the lighting
I listen it with my fantasy
danyy (0) 2009-03-24 7:05
dans ces belles lumičres et avec une telle contre plongée, ces grandes orgues sont vraiment mises en valeur.
J'aime beaucoup ces reflets métalliques.
Silvio1953 (116981) 2009-03-24 10:03
Ciao George, great view of fantastic interior, splendid perspective and wonderful light, very well done, ciao Silvio
AiresSantos (56155) 2009-03-24 23:40
the interior of Cathedral Turku is wonderful and you did a fine capture. Excellent sharpness, well framed and managed the light
TFS and have a nice day
asajernigan (20616) 2009-03-25 10:07
This is a fine shot of the interior of this great cathedral. Your light management is fine bringing out excellent detail while not overexposing. The pipes are well framed by the arched ceiling and walls.
Wandering_Dan (3449) 2009-03-27 8:37
Hi, George -
An interesting symmetry created here; the way the light and shadows fall is just the right touch, keeping it from being overly symmetrical. I don't think the lighting was bad at all, or if it was, you handled it well.
- Copyright: George Rumpler (Budapestman) (82620)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2005-08-18
- Categories: Architecture, Artwork
- Camera: Canon Ixus 50
- Exposure: f/2.8, 1/80 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Theme(s): Beautiful church interiors from Europe [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2009-03-22 1:43