The Church of Saint George, or Sankt Görans Kyrka as it is known in Swedish, is the town church of Mariehamn on the Åland Islands. This is the only church on the Åland Islands that does not have its origins in the Middle Ages. Instead, this red brick church was inaugurated in 1927.
Church of St George
The town of Mariehamn was founded in 1861. At that time there were no churches in the new town. Its inhabitants were instead a part of the Jomala Congregation. Mariehamn Congregation was established in 1905 and church services initially took place in temporary venues. The construction of a church began in 1926 after donations had been made for its construction. It was completed a year later in 1927. The church was dedicated to Saint George in 1978. The church is today a part of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland.
Find Your Way
The Church of Saint George stands in the middle of Mariehamn. You find it along the main streets running across the peninsula from west to east – Storgatan and Norra Esplanadgatan. This is the esplanade of Mariehamn, which makes it easy to reach on foot if you are in town.