Visitors

Information for visitors

Jubilee year 2014 includes many events!

In summer the Old Church is open every day, in winter season church is open by reservation!

 

Opening hours

In summer (1.6.- 31.8.) the Old Church is open every day from 10 am till 6 pm  (please notice that the ticket office closes 15 minutes before closing time). The church is closed 20.-21.6.

Restricted opening times in May and September. The Old Church is open in 16.9.-15.5. only by appointment. Please make the reservation at least three days in advance by contacting the World Heritage coordinator of Old Church.

Opening times in May 16.5.-31.5.: Fri-Sat 16.-17.5. at 10.30-14, Tue 20.5. at 10.30-13, Wed 21.5. at 10.30-14, Sat-Sun 24.-25.5. at 10.30-14, Thu-Sat 29.-31.5. at 10.30-14. Open other times by reservation.

 

 

Admission fees & guided tours

The admission fee to the Old Church is 5 €/person,

3,5 € for students, schoolchildren or pensioners.

For groups of over 10 persons the fee is 3,50 €/person.

Guided tour (about 30 minutes) is 10 € /group.

In winter season (16.9.-1.5.) an additional door opening fee 10 €/group.

 

Parking

The parking lot of the Old Chuch is by highway 23. There is space for both cars and buses. From the parking lot it's about 200 meters walk to the church along a paved footpath at the side of a road.

 

Friends of the Old Church

Join the Friends of the Old Church and give your support to the World Heritage Church by paying a supporters fee (you can choose the amount)! By paying the fee you help to maintain all-year guidning services and you help to preserve the church and its surroundings. As a Friend of the Old Church you will get a newsletter twice a year and free entrances to the church, as well a guidning, by showing the pin which you'll get as a Friend of the Old Church. You can also pay the supporters fee as a gift for your friend! When joining the Friends of the Old Church in 2014 you will get souvenirs of the Old Church!

Supporters fee payment to the account of Foundation for the Old Church FI49 4768 1020 0481 63, to the message field: name and e-mail adress (or post adress). More information from the World Heritage coordinator of the Old Church. Thank you for your support to the World Heritage site!

 

Souvenirs and other services

Souvenirs of the Old Chuch are sold in the church and in Direct Sale Heinähattu in the centre of Petäjävesi (Siltatie 3).

It is possible to order souvenirs by post. There are pictures of the souvenirs in the Facebook-site of the Old Church.

Information about other services such as accommodation, shops and restaurants can be found in the website of Petäjävesi municipality.If you would like to visit the church by rowing anold church boat or have coffee served for you in the stairs of the church, please contact Kumpunen country holidays.

 

Events in the Old Church

In summer there are many events in the church and they may affect your visit. During the weddings, baptizings and concerts it's not possible to freely explore the church. In summer there are weddings nearly every Saturday afternoon so please prepare to wait a while or call us in advance to check the schedule.  

On summer Sundays there's a service in the Old Church usually at 10 am. The timetables of the services can be checked from the parish website. Service is free for everyone to attend. However, please remember to respect the church and parishioners by appropriate clothing.

The Foundation for the Petäjävesi Old Church celebrates the 250-years anniversary of the church in 2014! Old Church has also been included in the World Heritage List for 20 years in 2014. Jubilee year includes many events in Petäjävesi. Most of them are held in the Old Church.

Events in the church during jubilee year 2014:

16.5. Opening of the Culture summer of Petäjävesi, Keuruu and Multia at 17-20.30.

         Tickets in advance 22 e, from the gate 25 e. Free entrance for children under 12 years.

         Concert at 19: Seminaarimäen mieslaulajat. 

6.7. Eino Leino's Day, Mass of poem and song at 10

25.7. Jaakko's day event at 15

24.8. Traditional Mass at 10

16.10. Evening service at 18

26.12. Candle church and ending of jubilee year at 16-18

In addition the meeting of the Finnish Unesco sites at Petäjävesi 25.9.


More information: +358 40 582 2461

 

On summer there are also concerts on Wednesday evenings at 6 pm. Ticket selling starts in the church on Wednesdays at 5 pm. Free entrance for children under 16 years. The summer concert series in the Old Church have been organised annually since 2009 by Petäjävesi parish, Petäjävesi community and the Foundation for the Petäjävesi Old Church.

Summer concerts 2014:

16.7. Family Koljonen's concert, 10 e

23.7. Kuokkalan pelimannit: Traditional spiritual music of Konsta Jylhä, 10 e

30.7. Chamber choir Sonore: Summer concert, 10 e

6.8. Marjo Leinonen: In the spirit of Billie Holiday, 15 e

13.8. Pekka Simojoki: Man with quitarr, 10 e

20.8. Finnish mass with music, free entry

27.8. Fipple flute quartet Bravade: Music from renaissance and baroque castles, 15 e


Concert tickets can also be reserved in advance: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (+358 40 5822461)

 

Photographing

It is allowed to take photos in the Old Church for your own use. Photographing for commercial use should be negotiated in advance with the parish. Please keep in mind not to disturb for example services by walking around the church taking photos.

 

Toilets

There are two dry toilets near the Old Church. One of them is accessible by wheelchair.

 

Accessibility

Petäjävesi Old Church is not entirely accessible. In a very old wooden building the floors are not straight and smooth and the thesholds are really high. Also the stairs are quite steep. There is a ramp for wheelchairs in one of the entrances. The ramp is quite steep so it is recommended to have an assistant.