The church on Seili island
The history of Seili (Själö in Swedish) as a hospital island began in 1619, when King Gustaf II Adolf of Sweden ordered a leper hospital to be built there. At the time, Finland was a part of the Swedish Empire. Seili was chosen for its location along the ship route berween Turku and Stockholm. The island also had sheltered anchorages and a sandy ridge where to set up a burial ground.
A small wooden church from the Hospital of St. George in Turku was transferred to the lepers´ island in 1624.
The church was completed in the summer of 1733.
The last leper on Seili passed away in 1785. The asylum continued to run until 1962 exclusively for female patients for the last 70 years.
The church is open 2.6.-3.8. Tuesday-Friday 11.00-15.00, Saturday 11.00 - 16.00,Sunday 12.00-16.00. Closed on Mondays.