Churches

Ulrika Eleonora church

The first wooden church of Kristinestad was built between 1654 and 1658 on the site where the Ulrika Eleonora Church now stands, however it burned down on 16th June 1697. The building of the Ulrika Eleonora Church, which replaced it, was completed in 1700. The church was renovated and returned to use in 1965. The wooden church is a typical seaside Church complete with a votive ship hanging from the ceiling. The ship building skills are also otherwise evident in the architecture of the church, for example in the ceiling structure. Outside the church is an old graveyard where the significant families of the city are buried. This churchyard also holds the graves of warriors of Kristinestad. Only a few services are held in the church each year.

Kristinestad church

The construction work on the new church of Kristinestad was completed in 1897. The church is a red-brick construction and follows the design of architect Jac. Ahrenberg. The tower is 47 metres in height and the church accommodates approximately 1,000 parishioners at a time. Two Lutheran congregations operate in the city centre area of Kristinestad, one of which is Finnish-speaking and the other Swedish-speaking. Both congregations have a vicar and the Finnish-speaking one also has a chaplain.

Lappfjärd church

The Lappfjärd church, designed by Ernst B. Lohrmann, was opened in 1852. The church is believed to be the second largest rural church in Finland. The cruciform church accommodates over 3,000 people. The total length of the pews is 1.6 km.

Next to the church is a parish centre, which occupies the massive old grain store.

Sideby church

Sideby church was built following the design of Erik Kråkström in 1972, replacing the old church that burned down three years previously. The church has seating for 200 people. The high Empire style bell tower that dates back to 1831 was only marginally damaged in the fire and it can be seen standing proudly from far out to sea.

Free churches

Kristinestad accommodates a Methodist church dating back to 1900, a Bethlehem church, and a Methodist chapel that was opened in Skaftung in 1917.

Kristinestad also has a Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses that was built in the 1990s, and a house of prayer of the Pentecostal Church.