St. Michael’s Church

Yesterday while in last minute I was looking for a architecture find to post for 52 frames I also very quickly took photos of the church, I was planning to post shot of the library alone but ended up using a shot of both. I only had 20 minutes to take photos so I did not have awful lot of time to think about angels. Well I did capture the early spring green on the trees and as the leaves are still so small you can actually see the church too.

Kirkkonummi’s medieval stone church is located in the center of Kirkkonummi. The exact time when the church was built is not known, but the work apparently began in the 15th century. A wooden church must have previously stood on the site. Kirkkonummi’s church is named after St. Michael’s Church, after the archangel Michael.

St. Michael’s Church, after the archangel Michael.

Originally, Kyrkslätt’s church was very small. In addition to stone, brick was used as a material. In the 18th century, the church began to be expanded, and in the middle of the 19th century it was rebuilt into a cruciform church, the shape the church still has. The church’s belfry was built in 1824.

Bell tower

After the Continuation War, the Soviet Union claimed the Porkala area as a base, and Kyrkslätt’s church stood on the lease area. During the Porkala parenthesis 1944–56, the church was used i.a. as an officers’ club and warehouse. After the Soviet era, the church was in poor condition.

Headstone of Olga

Immediately after the area was returned to Finland, the church began to be repaired under the leadership of Olof Hansson. Then the interior of the church was completely renewed in the 1950s style.


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    1. The Soviet era here lasted for a long time. Porkkala Naval Base was a Soviet naval base operational from 1944–1956 in the municipalities of Kirkkonummi, Ingå and Siuntio on the Porkkala peninsula, 30 kilometers (19 mi) west of Helsinki, the Finnish capital.

      The area was leased to the Soviet Union according to the 1944 signed Moscow Armistice between Finland, the Soviet Union and the United Kingdom. The area was returned to Finland in 1956, and currently hosts a Finnish naval base Upinniemi. People still remember that the train windows are covered at Kauklahti station before traveling through the Porkkala rental area.

  1. What a beauty, Ritva! The Russia-Finland relationship isn’t doing well these days, that’s for sure, or Russia and most other countries!

    1. nope, not great living next to them with our log border with them. At the beginning of the war against Ukraine I was really nervous, but I stopped reading the news I only look at the headlines and read only the essence so I know the situation, but not the details. My father was forced to leave his home during the last war and that land is now part of Russia. I have a built in dislike for the country ..

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