Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Finland - Oulu Cathedral (FI-513587)

It's definitely time for anotherFinnish postcard on my blog :) I haven't had any card from Oulu in my collection before, although it's the biggest and most important city of Northern Finland with population of 137,360. This card shows the interior of Lutheran Oulu Cathedral, which was originally built in 1777. The church that you can see in Oulu now was built in the 19th century in neoclassical style. I like this interior, because it seems to be very bright. I think it's neccessary in Northern Finland, because there's probably not enough light during the winter (Oulu is not so far away from the Arctic Circle).


The Oulu Cathedral (in Finnish Oulun tuomiokirkko) is an Evangelical Lutheran cathedral and the seat of the Diocese of Oulu, located in the centre of Oulu, Finland. The church was built in 1777 as a tribute to the King of Sweden Gustav III of Sweden and named after his wife as Sofia Magdalena's church.

The wooden structures burned in the large fire of the city of Oulu in 1822. The church was built again on top of the old stonewalls with famous architect Carl Ludvig Engel as the designer. The restoration works were completed in 1832, but the bellfy was not erected until 1845.

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