Neogothic architecture from 1879

Savonlinna Cathedral is the main church of Savonlinna’s Evangelical-Lutheran parish. The church has seats for 800 people.

A mass is held in the Cathedral every Sunday at 10.

Savonlinna Cathedral is open for visitors daily from June 6th to August 12th  between 10 am - 6 pm.

The name of the church originates from the cathedra, the seat of a bishop, located in Savonlinna from 1897 to 1924.The church was designed by architect A.H. Dahlström in 1858, and it was consecrated on 2 February 1879. The church was damaged during an air raid in 1940. The reconstruction was designed by architect B. Lilljeqvist. The altar choir ceiling fresco, paintings on the gallery banisters, and the chandeliers were created by artist Antti Salmenlinna. The altarpiece “Jesus in Gethsemane” is a triptych painted by artist Paavo Leinonen. The church textiles, designed by artist Helena Karvonen, are from 1979.

Among the most impressive items in the church is the baroque organ with 45 stops built by Urkurakentamo Martti Porthan Oy in 1991.

Savonlinna Cathedral is one of the main venues of music events and concerts in Savonlinna. We are looking forward to welcoming you at a concert at Savonlinna Cathedral!

Concerts and Singalong events summer 2018


Tue 12 June at 16, Alphabetical hymns: flora and fauna

Cathedral hill, or inside the church in rainy weather. The series of alphabetical hymns will progress to letters F, G, and H during the summer months. The series was compiled by cantor Katariina Kokkonen, who will reveal interesting details of the background of the hymns and explain their often-unexpected links to each theme. There will also be time for singing some of the audience’s most popular hymns.


Wed 13 June at 12, Savonlinna Cathedral

Summer Day Concert I

Marju Riisikamp organ

Free entry


Sun 17 June at 18, Savonlinna Cathedral

Kesän kukoistivat valkoliljat (“Easter Lilies Bloomed Through the Summer”) concert

Soprano Reetta Haavisto, baritone Antti Pakkanen, pianist Tuula Hällström.

Free entry, programme €10                     


Wed 20 June at 12, Savonlinna Cathedral

Summer Day Concert II, Oi muistatko vielä sen virren (“Do you still remember that hymn”)

Matti Muhonen vocals and Mika Siekkinen piano

Free entry


Wed 27 June at 12, Savonlinna Cathedral

Summer Day Concert III

Tenor Juho Punkeri and pianist Anna-Maija Virtanen

Free entry


Wed 4 July at 12, Savonlinna Cathedral

Summer Day Concert IV

Savonlinna quartet

Free entry


Sun 8 July at 18, Savonlinna Cathedral

Elämälle (“To life”) record release concert

Baritone Kristian Lindroos and pianist Tuula Hällström

Free entry, programme €10


Wed 11 July at 12, Savonlinna Cathedral

Summer Day Concert V

Duo Toivio-Puusepp: Soprano Seeli Toivio cello and Lily-Marlene Puusepp harp

Free entry


Tue 17 July at 19, Savonlinna Cathedral

Pearls of chamber music

Savonlinna Music Academy

José Luis Estellés clarinet, Mi-kyung Lee & Mark Gothóni violin, Emile Cantor alto violin, Marko Ylönen cello

Free entry, programme €20


Wed 18 July at 12, Savonlinna Cathedral

Summer Day Concert VI: Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen (“Rejoice unto God in all lands”)!

Soprano Anu Mattila, Mariorvokki Marangi violin, Ilkka Vesioja cello, and Reko Tammi organ

Free entry


Sun 22 July at 16, Savonlinna Cathedral

Masters of lied and opera

Tenor Topi Lehtipuu and Ralf Gothóni piano

Tickets: €45/€25


Wed 25 July at 12, Savonlinna Cathedral

Summer Day Concert VII

Cello duo Olli and Anna-Maaria Varonen

Free entry


Sat 28 July at 18, Savonlinna Cathedral

Church concert

Follow me to the golden grove – celebrating Finnish composers

Toivo Kuula, Oskar Merikanto, Otto Kotilainen

Baritone Juha Kotilainen and Tuula Hällström piano

Free entry, programme €10


Sun 29 July at 15, Savonlinna Cathedral

St. Olav’s Day church concert

Trio Gambaamo: Pia Rask organ and vocals, Katri Susitaival nyckelharpa  

and vocals, Olli Knuth balalaika

Free entry, programme €10


Sun 29 July 2018 at 20, Savonlinna Parish Centre

St. Olav’s Day church concert: Franz Schubert: Winterreise

Baritone Kristian Lindroos, Petri Lindroos bass, and Tuula Hällström piano

Ticket and programme €20 (€10 for pensioners and students)


Wed 1 August at 12, Savonlinna Cathedral

Summer Day Concert VIII

Esa Pyöriä vocals, Hannu Vesioja piano

Free entry


Wed 8 August at 12, Savonlinna Cathedral

Summer Day Concert IX, Organ Trip Around the World

Minna Raassina organ

Free entry