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"The Church Is Beautiful But Check The Organ Also!" Church of the Holy Cross Tip by akkipaa

Church of the Holy Cross, Rauma: 1 reviews and 3 photos


The Church of the Holy Cross (Pyhän Ristin kirkko) is built on medieval era and the material is fieldstone and it stands by the small stream of Raumanjoki (Rauma River). It is listed in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Old Rauma.

The exact age of the church is unknown, but it was built to serve as the monastery church of the Rauma Franciscan Friary. Approximately the monastery was established in the early 15th century and a wooden church was built on this location around the year 1420. Further, not confirmed, but the current stone church was completed in 1515–1520 and the Church the monastery until 1538, when it was abandoned for a hundred years as the Franciscan friary was disbanded in the Swedish Reformation. The church was re-established as a Lutheran church in 1640, when the nearby Church of the Holy Trinity was destroyed by fire.

We me the sacristan there and I asked to get to the organ balcony. What an organ were there. Many of Finland's organs are built in Kangasala organ factory (closed business from 1983) but these were from Germany.

She told us also the story behind the last picture. It was "painted" by the renovator long time ago and he didn't use paints but cleaner: he made his portrait to dirty wall with cleaning it to show that there are a lot of work to him.

Address: Luostarinkatu 1, 26100 Rauma, Rauma
Directions: The Old Town

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  • Updated Feb 5, 2017
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