Church of the Three Crosses

From the very first time I thought traveling to Finland, one of my 'must' was the Church of the 3 Crosses, in Imatra, near the Russian frontier. For a Mediterranean guy, visiting Finland is astonishing. Things as elementary as villages are completely different from the ones I'm used to. Imatra is a clear example. The first time I was in Imatra, I missed the "city centre", so I had to get back... Finding the church is a hard mission, but it is worth it.

From the very first time I thought traveling to Finland, one of my ‘must’ was the Church of the 3 Crosses, in Imatra, near the Russian frontier. For a Mediterranean guy, visiting Finland is astonishing. Things as elementary as villages are completely different from the ones I’m used to. Imatra is a clear example. The first time I was in Imatra, I missed the “city centre”, so I had to get back… Finding the church is a hard mission, but it is worth it.

The Church of the 3 Crosses was planned by Aalto: from the door lever to the curved ceiling. From outside, the Church is totally asymmetrical, clearly divided in 3 parts. It has more than 100 windows, but only 2 of them are equal… I could not find them! Their windows allow the light enter to the Church, even in the short winter days. Inside, the Church has 3 different parts that could be closed off by sliding doors, depending on the sizes of congregation. If you ever visit an Aalto building in Finland, don’t forget to buy a small leaflet of the building. They used to be b&w, with some text and some pictures. If you visit more than one building, you can’t stop collecting them!

http://www.alvaraalto.fi/info/guide/finland.htm#Imatra
www.vr.fi

written by minicooper on 2008-04-27 in #world #locations #collecting #architecture #art #religion

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