World's largest wooden church

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World's largest wooden church Kerimaki Reviews

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Largest - so what? it was beautiful and DRY Aug 26, 2010
You wake in Savonlinna; it's RAINING and seems likely to go on RAINING. So what do you do - you're booked in for another night. No, you would not have a look round in RAIN LIKE THIS. Anyway, you did that yesterday. Go on a boat then, That would be dry - inside. None are running - it's RAINING. Go on the bus or train somewhere. That sounds better - at least it will be dry on the bus - but where?

So you take out the guidebook and look for ideas. Some are too dear; some are too far; what about Kerimaki? What indeed - what is there? The world's biggest wooden church. So what? What else is there? Not much. letis go then - 10 minutes to the bus.

That's a bit of a paraphrase but it's roughly how it was. On the very pleasant, if WET, bus ride curiosity started to mount. Even if nobody has measured all the world's wooden churches, surely it must be very big to make a claim like that. Why? Why here?

Big may not equal beautiful but this was big and it was beautiful and it was dry. A young woman, who obviously had some connection with the Lutheran Church came to tell us all about it.

45 meters by 42 by 27 high is certainly a great big church. Even though it was obvious that the population had fallen since it was built in the 1840s, it was hard to see why they needed anything like this. It would take a maximum of 5,000 people standing but it could seat 3,000.

The answer was very simple. The minister at the time believed that at least half the population should be able to worship at the same time. It would be a bit odd if anyone in London had decided the same - but there you are.

If you think the heating of a wooden church can be difficult, have a look at the photos - but it does say on the website that they use a much smaller church in winter.
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