The Savitaipale church was built in 1924 and its cladding features rapakivi granite excavated from Lavikanlahti just a few kilometres away. The church, like the majority of the Savitaipale municipality, is built on top of the Second Salpausselkä`s kettle terrain. In addition, one of the most significant and longstanding outlet channels of the period ran through the nearby Lavikanlahti during the Saimaa ice lake stage (11,590-11,400 years ago).

Rapakivi granite is one of the main types of granite and it consists mostly of potassium feldspar, plagioclase, and quartz. Some biotite and/or hornblende can also be found in the stone. The area’s rapakivi has a homogeneous structure, which makes it easy to work with. Although rapakivi granites are sometimes associated with a tendency to crumble, the stone used in the Savitaipale church is extremely durable and will not crumble for centuries.

Kettle holes at Savitaipale can be found around schools and sports fields, as well as in the water intake area. The Paakkolampi pond near the school site and the Mustalampi pond next to the water intake are kettle ponds. Kettles formed as large blocks of ice were buried in the sand and gravel at eskers and deltas formed by glacial rivers. As the ice blocks gradually melted away, holes of various shapes and sizes were left behind. Kettles can be holes in which forest grows, but if they are in contact with surface or groundwater, they can form kettle ponds or paludified kettles.

At the edge of the Savitaipale market area is a Saimaa Geopark sign, which tells about the geology of the area: contents of the Saimaa Geopark sign (pdf)

Three panels in the sign open up different contents on your mobile device (a series of panels beginning with the title “Discover the hidden treasures of Lake Saimaa”). You need the free Salmi AR app to view the content. Content includes pictures, videos, audio narration, and peepholes. You’ll find information about Suvorov’s time, wartime, and industrialization, and get to see what the area looked like 11,000 years ago and how the ancestors lived. The contents are currently available only in Finnish. Instructions for downloading the Salmi AR application (pdf)

Next to the church there is a smaller sign that tells you about the rapakivi granite of Savitaipale church: Saimaa Geopark sign near the church (pdf)

Information on the area can be found, including directions for arrival, from here

 

Coordinates: x=536883,093 y=6785201,266 (ETRS-TM35FIN)

The above coordinates are working in GPS-devices and for example in karttapaikka.fi service.

The below coordinates are working in Google maps service, which uses geographic coordinates:

Coordinates: 61.199489298, 27.686252912 (ETRS89 maantieteelliset(~WGS84))

 

Image: Kaisa-Maria Remes

Location

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  • Wheelchair accessible
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