12.11.10 – I was trying to come up with some ideas for the blog and I decided I wanted to make the next couple of posts about my neighborhood. I always have trouble telling people where I live in Helsinki because I’m so bad with names. I often forget the name of the neighborhood I live in, the park I live across from, even the street I live on. Pathetic. Hopefully taking some pictures around the neighborhood and doing a little research will help me figure out where I am and hopefully entertain you at the same time.
The church, or kirkko in Finnish, was originally built in 1933-35 by the architect Lars Sonck in a mix of Art Nouveau and Classicism style. The spire, which rises 100 feet above the rest of the church, is retractable and was even brought down during WWII to avoid bombing. The church was named in honor of Mikael Agricola who is known as the “father of the Finnish written language” as well as reforming the Finnish church, which at the time was part of the Church of Sweden, along Lutheran lines. The church was thoroughly renovated in 2003-04 and the acoustics are amazing.
Hopefully I’ll make it to a service one of these weekends 😉
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