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April 23: Southern Finland tour – Chapel of the Holy Cross, Turku

We visited two chapels in the Turku Cemetery on the outskirts of town. The first was the Chapel of the Holy Cross, designed by Pekka Pitkänen and completed in 1967.

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Some sort of cool scarab-like dude just outside the chapel.

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The entry area.

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Whoa shiny.

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An interestingly laid-out organ.

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There are lots of surprising skylights.

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The top of the stairwell to the balcony.

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The altar, with more skylights.

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PIPES

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These skylights appear to have been unwitting influences on my Barcelona studio project.

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A private reception room for funeral parties.

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A strong diagonal.

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More solids & voids.

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A cross off in the distance across the field.

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On the way across the cemetery to the other chapel.

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A particularly Nordic way.

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Like Skogskyrkogården, the Turku cemetery intermingles the forest and the graves.