The Lemu Church

Monnoistentie 22, 21230 Masku (Lemu)

The medieval greystone church is dedicated to St. Olav and was built in the 1450’s. Lemu was part of the great Nousiainen ancient parish, but parted to an independent administrative and ecclesiastical parish in the Middle Ages. When an episcopal church was erected in the old mother parish, a sanctuary consecrated to St. Olav was built also in Lemu.

First, a small wooden chapel was raised on Toijainen hill probably in the 13th century. An old crucifix and a baptismal font in the present church date back to those times. In the 14th century a small stone chapel was built and it now serves as the sacristy. In the 1430’s an imposing mediaeval stone church was erected, partly by the wealth of the noblemen, partly by the toil of the peasants.

There are several curiosities in the church, such as – the only one of its kind in Finnish churches – the coat of arms of Mauno Särkilahti (Stjernkors), a painting of Martin Luther, an old Bible and a note of Marshal Mannerheim’s participation in confirmation. The years 1380, 1450 and 1959 are marked in the church banner. The altarpiece ”The Resurrection” by von Becker dates back to the year 1880.

The church is open on agreement tel. +358 2 434 8400.

Kemppien tupa

Monnoistentie 16, 21230 Masku (Lemu)

Kemppien tupa, located next to the medieval Lemu church is an old granary which was built in 1858. Originally, grains were stocked in the granary in case of bad harvests. The building was modified as a museum by architect Ilmari Wirkkala in 1951. The museum is owned by the local heritage society Lemun Kempit and it is open during Sundays at 11 to 14 o´clock in the summertime.

Kotiseutukeskus Mäntylä

Mäntylä croft close to the medieval Lemu church is a former farm which is now owned by the local heritage society Lemun Kempit. The restored dwelling was built in year 1913 and the other buildings are a bit younger. In Mäntylä, you can organize meetings and events and in the summer time you can see horses and lambs grazing in the meadows.

Monnoistentie 38, 21230 Masku (Lemu)

Contact information

Kotiseutuyhdistys Lemun Kempit ry

Tiina Hyvönen
Tel. +358 (0)44 5259 391

Tauno Linkoranta
Tel. +358 (0)44 5334 750