Kalajoki’s current brick church with a steeple at one end was designed by Provincial Architect F.W. Lüchow. This church was the seventh in the parish and was completed in 1879. The building was destroyed by a fire in 1930, after which it was repaired to its current design by architect W.G. Palmqvist. The church has an altarpiece painted by Adolf von Becker, Jeesuksen ylösnouseminen (‘The Resurrection of Jesus’), and T.G. Tuhkanen’s paintings Tuhlaajapojan paluu (‘The Return of the Prodigal Son’) and Hyvä paimen (‘The Good Shepherd’). Next to the church is a bell tower built in 1815 by Heikki Kuorikoski, which survived the fire that destroyed the sixth church. The bell tower was raised in 1856. The wooden ‘poor boy’ standing by the wall is from 1815 and was carved by a ‘wood carver from Reisjärvi’.

Kalajoki Church
Etelänkyläntie 1


The Himanka Church is a traditional wooden cruciform church. The church and its bell tower were designed by Central Ostrobothnian church builder Jacob Rijf in 1794. The church, which is surrounded by its old graveyard, underwent restoration in 1897.

Himanka Church
Huhdantie 13, Himanka


The traditional wooden cruciform church of Rautio and its bell tower were completed in 1800. The church and its vertically three-sectioned tower are the last church buildings designed by the famous church builder Simon Matinpoika Jylkä, i.e. Silven, from Kalajoki.

Rautio Church
Rautiontie 1700, Rautio


Mr Kosti Nahkala’s life’s work has been providing a place of rest and relaxation for over 20 years. Linnakallio offers accommodation, a smoke sauna, a swimming pond, summer theatre and different types of facilities to organise celebrations. The area’s special features, the Riihikirkko and Pahkakirkko churches, are excellent places to calm down or to organise a ceremony. The church doors are always open to visitors.

Taluskyläntie 660, Talus
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Maakalla Church
Maakalla island’s octagonal church was designed by the famous church builder Simon Matinpoika Jylkä, i.e. Silven, from Kalajoki. The church was completed in 1780.