A photographic trip to the most
important historical building in Finland.
I have photographed Turku Cathedral for many years now. And I walk and bicycle past it hundreds of times every year. But considering Turku Cathedral was consecrated on June 1300, I am just a drop in the bucket. However, its importance is as significant as ever as not only a religious symbol, but also as the symbol for history, tradition & culture in our country.
Here are some of my photographs of this important and magnificent building that still controls the skyline of Turku, Finland. The most recent images here were taken on Christmas 2015, and the earliest is from 2005.
The Church Remains the Same
A comparison: I photographed the cathedral from similar angles in 2008 and in 2011. The background changes but the church remains the same. On the image on the right (2008) you can spot the grain silo across the river on the left side of the tower. The silo was demolished in 2010 so in the photo below (2011) it no longer exists.
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Events & Performances
I have witnessed a large variety of religious and non-religious events in the church. I was there even when the Grand Maître of Finnish dance Jorma Uotinen and his company performed a contemporary dance in 2014.
Spiritual Place for Me & My Family
I do not consider myself religious, despite belonging to the church. I'd use the term spiritual of myself. However, this church has been very important to me and my family. Here are some photographs with the church as a background and a view of it from our house.
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View from the Tower
The tower reaches a height of 101 meters above the current sea level. I've been up there once and you get a great view over the city. Observatory hill is located on top right corner of the image. During 2000 B.C. the sea level was on top of that hill.
During December the Church is very much alive with all kinds of activities and traditions related to Christmas. It is also the time when I visit the church and the Cathedral Square the most.
I am a fine art & portrait photographer
based in Turku, Finland.
I explore and express my ideas about the human condition and its wide range of emotions.
Photography has always been part of me since I was a teenager. I have always been printing my work, first by traditional film process & development and now by using a digital workflow and inkjet printers. Recently I started printing on aluminum and other rigid surfaces. My prints make the photograph feel alive connecting with the viewer and also with the space where they are displayed.
here are some more information on the church IN a
PDF by the Turku Cathedral Parish
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