< hide menu

March 25: Pielpajärven kirkko

Several kilometers later, we arrived at the clearing of the Pielpajärvi church. According to outdoors.fi, the church is one of the oldest buildings in Lapland, completed in 1760, on the site of an older church from the 17th century. Pielpajärvi was a winter village for the residents of Inari back in the day.

1981

1981.jpg

Right at the trail's entrance to the clearing (direct off the lake) are these buildings and this shelter.

1984

1984.jpg

There's the church up in back.

1990

1990.jpg

Closer in.

1991

1991.jpg

And a zoom of the tower.

1993

1993.jpg

Looking in all the way down to the end.

1995

1995.jpg

Unusual low wooden barrel vaults.

2000

2000.jpg

The transept.

2002

2002.jpg

This ladder goes up to a balcony.

2003

2003.jpg

The bell tower, where I snapped this from, is connected to the sanctuary at the transept.

2004

2004.jpg

All kinds of light leaks were happening in the lower bell tower room.

2007

2007.jpg

A more subtle example.

2008

2008.jpg

The guest book and stairs up into the tower.

2009

2009.jpg

It was pretty dark up there.

2010

2010.jpg

Not with flash, though.

2014

2014.jpg

Here's the same view without flash. Little light gaps everywhere.

2021

2021.jpg

Posts within the tower holding up the still further-up platform.

2028

2028.jpg

The pulpit from one of the balconies.

2038

2038.jpg

We explored around the outside as well, within the fence. Here, the back gable.

2040

2040.jpg

A back corner.

2043

2043.jpg

Now just a little further on, a view back out to the clearing.

2046

2046.jpg

Curiously, there were these boulders out front inside the yard.

2048

2048.jpg

We picnicked inside this building, one of the ones by the trail entrance, building a little fire in this fireplace.

2050

2050.jpg

Lunchtime!

2051

2051.jpg

We brought hard-boiled eggs, which were a good idea.

2053

2053.jpg

Yeah here it is. The fire.

2059

2059.jpg

Then there was this nice Blockbau outhouse adjacent.

2060

2060.jpg

The back side of the picnic cabin.

2061

2061.jpg

The view back out to the lake from the clearing. I find this enchanting, somehow.