Kappelniitty Ancient Site

The emblem of the historical sites managed by MetsähallitusThe cross on Kappelniitty (chapel meadow) commemorates the medieval chapel that once stood on this site. The area was first inhabited during a much earlier period, however, and Kappelniitty is only one of the Iron Age ancient sites in this expanse of fields. Vegetation shelters the ancient relics, particularly in the summer, but receptive visitors may still feel the power of the centuries-old agricultural heritage of this site.

Along the Pilgrimage Route of Henry, Bishop of Finland

Location: Southern Finland, Southwest Finland, Pöytyä (www.poytya.fi, in Finnish)

Address: Haverintie 31, Pöytyä. Google Maps (www.googlemaps.fi)

Visit: Kappelniitty's ancient site is open to visitors free of charge all year round. The site is not staffed and there is no winter maintenance.

Instructions and rules: The Kappelniitty Ancient Site is a fixed relic site, which may not be excavated, covered or damage in any way under the Antiquities Act (www.nba.fi). Campfires are also prohibited.

Sights and Activities: Kappelniitty is situated by a wide expanse of fields in the Yläne church village to the east of the River Yläneenjoki. In 1995, an iron cross was erected in the meadow to commemorate the medieval chapel of Yläne. A medieval pilgrim path, Saint Henry's Way (www.wikipedia.fi), passes through Kappelniitty. To enquire about guided tours for groups, please contact Luontokapinetti (www.luontokapinetti.fi, in Finnish).

Services: Information board

Suitability: An easy destination for the whole family.  

The address of this page: www.nationalparks.fi/kappelniitty

The site is managed by Metsähallitus, Parks & Wildlife Finland.

Customer Service

Tel. +358 206 39 4620

  • Metsähallitus must be notified of any events organised at the site. Instructions and form (www.metsa.fi, in Finnish)
  • Research and other activities not covered by Everyman's rights require the permission of the landowner (instructions and form, www.metsa.fi, in Finnish).
Excursionmap.fi: Kappelniitty Ancient Site

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