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Tankar Church

Tankar Church built in 1754, stands on a rock in the fishermen’s village. The church was built so that the fishermen would not have to make the long journey to Kaarlela church on the mainland every Sunday for the obligatory service. The church is said to have stood on the site of the lighthouse, but was moved in 1889 when construction on the lighthouse began. The church’s outer dimensions measure a mere 8.2 x 6.25 m, and, apart from its white cross, it outwardly resembles a humble fishing cabin.

The church has space for around a hundred people. Each churchman had his own seat, and carved his initials into the pews. Services were conducted by an assistant priest. For this he received an annual ”payment” of 10-12 half barrels of herring. If the priest was unable to attend, then the harbour pilot would conduct prayers and read the daily lesson.

The church is a popular destination today as well, with concerts, devotional moments and weddings being organised there during the summer.

You can also make a reservation for the church from Kokkola Tourism Ltd's Sales, 
tel: +358 44 780 9713. If a priest is needed, call your local Parish.

Tankarin kirkko

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