Nationally significant built cultural environment
As part of Taipalsaari’s church environment, the church is a nationally significant built cultural environment. You can find more information on the Finnish Heritage Agency’s Cultural Environment service window (in Finnish)
The church environment is described on the Finnish Heritage Agency’s website, e.g. thus: “Taipalsaari church, the open church square next to it, Röytty inn and the field patches rising to the east of Röytty form an area telling the long history and stages of construction in the otherwise renovated parish village.”
You can get acquainted with the geology of the area with the help of the Saimaa Geopark sign between the church and Röytty.
Three panels in the sign open up different contents on your mobile device (a series of panels beginning with the title “Discover the hidden treasures of Lake Saimaa”). You need the free Salmi AR app to view the content. Content includes pictures, videos, audio narration, and peepholes. You’ll find information about Suvorov’s time, wartime, and industrialization, and get to see what the area looked like 11,000 years ago and how the ancestors lived. The contents are currently available only in Finnish. Instructions for downloading the Salmi AR application (pdf)
Image: Municipality of Taipalsaari