Tampere Cathedral

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Tampere Cathedral
Tampereen tuomiokirkko
Tammerfors domkyrka
Tampereen tuomikirkko kesä 2004 IMG 2328.JPG
Religion
AffiliationEvangelical Lutheran Church of Finland
DistrictDiocese of Tampere
Ecclesiastical or organizational statusCathedral
Location
LocationTampere, Finland
Geographic coordinates61°30′09″N 023°46′11″E / 61.50250°N 23.76972°E / 61.50250; 23.76972
Architecture
Architect(s)Lars Sonck
Architectural typeCathedral
Architectural styleNational Romantic style
Completed1907
Height (max)64.0

Tampere Cathedral (Finnish: Tampereen tuomiokirkko, Swedish: Tammerfors domkyrka) is a Lutheran church in Tampere, Finland, and the seat of the Diocese of Tampere. The building was designed in the National Romantic style by Lars Sonck, and built between 1902 and 1907.[1]

The cathedral is famous for its frescoes, painted by the symbolist Hugo Simberg between 1905 and 1906.[2] The paintings aroused considerable adverse criticism in their time,[3] featuring versions of Simberg's The Wounded Angel and The Garden of Death. Of particular controversy was Simberg's painting of a winged serpent on a red background in the highest point of the ceiling, which some contemporaries interpreted as a symbol of sin and corruption.

The altar-piece, representing the future resurrection of people of all races, was painted by Magnus Enckell.

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