St. Olof Medieval Church
Tel. +358-3-882 670
Open daily from early June
until Mid August
from 11.00-17.00, during this time there will be a guide in the church.
The earliest information on Sysmä's churches comes from 1398.
The present church of Sysmä is mentioned for the first time in
1442 in King Kristoffer's letter - at that time Sysmä had
become a spiritual center of the Itä-Häme province.
It is impossible to define the exact time when this church
was built. The recent studies tell us that the estimated building time is around 1510-1520.
According to ancient folklore they had started to build the church in Kuokanmäki, Linna village.
The problem was that whatever was built in the daytime, was destroyed at night.
The mutual decision was that the place was unsuitable. Later on
they lifted a stone that was held sacred onto a sledge that was
pulled by an ox. They decided: " Where ever that ox stops, that
will be the place for our church ". And the ox stopped at the
place where the church stands today.
Sysmä's medieval, gothic style church is built of grey stone and
bricks. During its more than 500 years of existence, it has experienced
many changes and renovations, the Reformation, development and
the passing of time have formed the church. The biggest change
was in 1833, when the church was renovated according to the
design of C.L. Engel, to be a cruciform church.
St. Olof, the eternal king of Norway (995 - 1030) is a patron saint of our church.
Additional information with pictures available at www.sysmanseurakunta.fi