entire village is unique monument to wooden architecture. There
are some buildings which demonstrate architectural problem-solving
nowhere else to be found. The beauty of Paanajärvi's architecture
has been remarkably well-preserved. In fact, Paanajärvi is one of
the most well-preserved villages.
Church and the Old Graveyard The present church, which in the 1930s was converted into a cultural
centre, was built in the 1950s. The church and the graveyard are surrounded
by a handsome stone wall, which indeed lost most of its stones to
building construction, when the so-called Uusi (New) Paanajärvi flourished
in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Graves are no longer visible in
Valkehinen The fate of Paanajärvi village rests on the Valkehinen Rapids.
Harnessing the rapids will destroy the unique village, the rapids,
and the last stretch of the Kemi River in its natural state.