Mäntyharju church

There has been a church in Mäntyharju even before the Mäntyharju Parish was established in 1595. In 1686 a larger church was built on the same site. The current church is the parish's third and was designed by Charles Bass. Construction began in 1819, and the church was completed in 1822.

According the original design, the church would have had a seating capacity of 5950, but church builder Matti Salonen reduced the size. It is still not small, however, with a floor area of 1616 square metres and a seating capacity of 1700, making it the second largest wooden church in Finland. It is also the largest log building in Finland representing the horizontally-laid, corner-notched log construction technique.

The 24-meter-high campanile with eight corners was completed first, in 1819. The altarpiece describing the Ascension of Christ was painted and donated in 1831 by local artist Berndt Godenhjelm (1799-1881).

The church has an impressive organ. The first organ was built in 1876 and was modernised in 1935 when the church was electrified. In 2008 a new organ was built with 38 registers by organ maker Veikko Virtanen. The new organ represents the early Romantic Nordic design tradition and was built in accordance with the traditions of organ maker P.L. Åkerman, who built the first organ; in fact, there is still one register left from the original organ. The modern organ includes a rare pneumatic Barker motor making the playing easier. The organ in Mäntyharju's church is considered the "big brother" to the organ in the Old Church in Helsinki. Concerts are often held in the church, and the acoustics are said to be quite superb.

Useful information

Because of the good acoustics, concerts are regularly held in the church. The parish also holds concerts together with the adjacent Art Centre Salmela. Next to the church is an open-air "nature church" that is also popular for weddings.

Mäntyharjuntie 22
52700 Mäntyharju 

katso kartta en



As an architectural attraction, for meditating and for groups


Along road



By cycling along cycling routes



Summer café and Kesäheinä restaurant at the Art Centre Salmela





Indoor Toilet


Accessible for wheelchairs and strollers


Parking area

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