The Mysterious Church Stables in Närpes

Mark exploring the stables at Sankta Maria Kyrkä, Narpes

Season 3, Episode 36
I visit Sankta Maria church in Närpes/Närpiö, and speak to town guide, Marianne Winter. I learn why the church is surrounded by over 100 stables, about the unique Swedish dialect in Närpes and why the Vietnamese name, Nguyen, is the most common surname in Närpes.

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Gallery: Inside Sankta Maria Church

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Gallery: The Stables

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Finnish Words

  • Museovirasto – National Board of Antiquitites
  • Dipthong – sound of two vowels together in a word
  • Pohjanmaa/Osterbotten – the region of South Ostrobothnia in Western Finland
  • Sacristy – a room in a church where a priest prepares for a service, and where vestments and articles of worship are kept


Next episode – A Tour Around Lappajärvi, Europe’s Largest Crater Lake

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