Orthodox culture center

Eastern orthodoxy and its' eternal message address the modern hectic man. The Orthodox culture center presents the rich tradition of Eastern Orthodox Church and its way of life nearby the center of Joensuu. Our exhibitions tell about the message of orthodox faith in a way that is easy to adapt by everyone.

Our neighbors are the Orthodox Seminary and the church of St. John the Theologian and the Illuminators of Karelia. Freshly renovated yard area combines buildings into a unique attraction. In guided tours our guests have the opportunity to view our exhibitions and visit real byzantine-styled church. In addition to tours, the guests are welcome to enjoy the cafe and catering services of restaurant Elias.

We offer very versatile spaces for conferences, seminars and meetings. Our center is also very popular venue for different cultural events both indoors and outdoors. The building is operated by the Foundation of Orthodox Culture.

Our values are openness, ecumenical orientation and internationality. We welcome everyone to come and see our culture center and to explore the cultural atmosphere of Eastern Orthodox Church!

The foundation of Orthodox culture

Our foundation is established in Joensuu in 1981. It has been founded by the city of Joensuu, the orthodox parish of Joensuu, The Foundation for Promoting Karelian Culture, Regional Council of North Karelia and the North Karelian University Society. The Foundation supports and promotes the research of orthodox culture and its' utilisation as a part of Finnish culture by means of different activities, donations, grants and scholarships. The Orthodox Culture Center, which is located in Kauppakatu 44 in Joensuu, is built and maintained by the foundation.

Contact information:

Visiting address

Ortodoksinen kulttuurikeskus
Kauppakatu 44
80100 Joensuu

Mail address

Ortodoksisen kulttuurin säätiö
c/o Joen Isännöintipalvelu Oy
Kauppakaari 1
80100 Joensuu

Operating hours

Monday through Friday from 9 AM to 3 PM

Saturday and Sunday Orthodox culture center is open only by appointment

Contact person

Anne Mujunen
phone: +358 500 285 906

e-mail: info@ortodoksinenkulttuurikeskus.fi

Property manager

Toivo Korhonen
phone: +358 50 362 8425
e-mail: toivo.korhonen(at)joenisp.fi

Catering and reservations

Ravintola Elias
phone: +358 50 3000 243
e-mail: elias(at)pasariravintolat.fi


Orthodox culture center is located in northern part of Joensuu. Right next to center are the Orthodox Seminary and the church of Saint John the Theologian and Illuminators of Karelia.