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RIISA is one of the most notable Orthodox church museums in Europe. The purpose of RIISA is to preserve, study and display the centuries old and unique cultural heritage of the Orthodox Church of Finland. RIISA is a museum with a soul.
Impressice collection that gives a good overview on orthodox traditions and on history of Finnish and Karelian orthodox culture. Definitely worth of visiting even if you are not familiar with orthodox religion. 5/5.
If you hate bling this might not be for you. But for me it was breathtaking! The choir music, dim lights and all those art relics really stopped me. Byzantium in the heart of Savo, as someone said here :)
This museum is not included in the 14 euro Kuopio-museum card, which was a pity because it was 8 euro's per person (for students, for non-students even 10 euro). The museum was tidy and the staf was friendly. It is a quiet museum with a...More
This museum gives a good overview of the orthodox religion in Finland / Karelia. It possesses a huge and very impressive amount of orthodox art and artefacts, nicely exposed in a modern building at the edge of town (but still walkable from the city centre).
A fantastic museum! The best of its kind in Europe. I nearly overlooked it. I could visit it everyday for a week and still something to discover. The beauty is in the details. Breath taking. If you are into history and art, this is definitely...More
I really didn't know what to expect from this museum. I understood many Finnish are Lutheran and the concepts are very strong in their culture. This museum featured icons of older Orthodox churches especially from the former Finnish land of Karelia (now part of Russia)....More
Spent three hours in this beautiful and very interesting museum. The atmosphere was so calming and spirituality uplifting. The receptionist very friendly and informative. Very near the town city. The cemetery behind the museum is also very beautiful. Not for small children.