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Unesco world heritage sites

Petäjävesi Old Church


The sites of the World Heritage List of Unesco are masterpieces of human creativity or otherwise bear exceptionally significant evidence of an existing or extint culture. On the Jyväskylä Region there are two world heritage sites: Petäjävesi Old Church and Oravivuori triangulation tower. Read more about World Heritage in Finland here and see the world heritage sites and local services in Petäjävesi and Korpilahti here


Petäjävesi Old Church – masterpiece of construction in wood

Petäjävesi Old Church gained inclusion in Unesco's world heritage list as an prime example of northern wooden architecture in 1994. The church is representative of Scandinavian, Lutheran church architecture and the long tradition of log building.

The church, located on a lake shore in Central Finland, was built in 1763-1765. Since the new parish church was built in 1879 the old one has not been used for regular services. Continuous repairs have been carried out since the 1920s.

The church is occasionally used in summer. In summer (1.6.-31.8.) the Old Church is open every day from 10 am till 6 pm. During the Midsummer the church is closed.

Read more about Petäjävesi Old Church here.

Petäjävesi Old Church World Heritage coordinator:
tel. +358 40 582 2461
opas (at) petajavesi.fi
Vanhankirkontie 9, 41900 Petäjävesi


Oravivuori triangulation tower – 19th century research station

Oravivuori arc point is a part of Struve Geodetic Arc. The Struve Geodetic Arc was accepted into the Unesco World Heritage List in 2005. It represents the cultural heritage of science and technology.

The Struve Geodetic Arc was laid out and measured in 1816-1855 with the aim of determining the size and shape of the Earth. The Struve Geodetic Arc is a chain of survey triangulation measurements stretching from the Arctic Sea to the Black Sea, through ten countries and over 2,820km. Six stations points are located in Finland.

The point of the Struve Arc Puolakka is located at the top of Oravivuori in Korpilahti. It is the most famous of the Finnish Struve Geodetic arc points, because it is located at the top of a hill and there are beautiful views to the lake Päijänne. On this spot a triangulation tower has been erected to commemorate the importance of the Oravivuori (or Puolakka) measuring station to the mapping of Finland.

Read more about the Struve Geodetic Arc here

Further information on Oravivuori:
tel. +358 400 712 085
Oravivuori, Korpilahti, Jyväskylä 


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