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Tampere Cathedral, Finland

The Tampere Cathedral -Finnish Tampereen tuomiokirkko, Swedish Tammerfors domkyrka, The most notable church in Tampere is undoubtedly the Tampere Cathedral, constructed in the district of Jussinkylä between 1902 and 1907. The church gained its status as a cathedral in 1923, when Tampere became the capital of the diocese.

The cathedral is famous for its frescoes, painted by the symbolist Hugo Simberg between 1905 and 1906. The paintings aroused considerable adverse criticism in their time, 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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