Church of Salla

The present Church of Salla, designed by the architects Eero Eerikäinen and Osmo Sipari, was built in 1948–1950. The church received assistance for the construction work from Lutheran congregations in Denmark and is located in the centre of Salla. The size of the main hall of the church is 630 m² and it has seating for 600 people. The church tower is 35 m high.

The interior of the church offers various beautiful details to explore. The pulpit was donated by a Danish carpenter called Weber, and the organ in the gallery was designed by artist Juhani Pohjanmies and manufactured by Kangasalan urkutehdas in 1949. The glass etchings on the interior doors are by artist Yrjö Rosola. Sculptor Aimo Tukiainen made the bronze altarpiece relief. In the churchyard, there is another work by Tukiainen made in 1953. The granite sculpture, called ‘Grave in the Frontline’ has the names of the 315 fallen war heroes from Salla carved on its pedestal. The parish hall, next to the church, built in 1980, was designed by architect Matti Leiber. The statue before the building, ‘A Moment’s Rest’ dedicated to war refugees, was sculpted by Ensio Seppänen in 1986.
A service is held every Sunday at 11:00 o’clock. The church also serves as a venue for concerts and music events.

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