Mary's Chapel is the church for tourists and residents in Levi.
St Mary's Chapel was completed in Levi in 1998 and inaugurated by Olavi Rimpiläinen, Bishop of the Diocese of Oulu, on September 20, 1998. A title competition was held during the construction of the chapel. Suggestions included Levi's Chapel, Immel's Chapel, Mary's Chapel. The name Mary's Chapel has two ideas: first, it tells of Jesus' mother, Mary. Secondly, it tells the story of a poor Lapland girl who lived in the 19th century, Maria: Milla Clementsdotter. This Mary of Lapland was Lars Leevi Laestadius's confessor and forgave his sins.
St Mary's Chapel was designed by architect Hannele Arantola from Espoo. His basic idea was to create an atmosphere of holiness. In the design, he has combined modern construction and the old barrel vault structure used in the greystone churches (Southwest Finland and Satakunta) and the Lappish kota, which is especially visible in the appearance of the chapel. The colors of the chapel are related to the nature of Lapland: arctic blue, snow, and ice. At the same time, blue and white are Mary's colors. The floor is built of ceramic tiles. It mimics the atmosphere of old stone churches.
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