St. Hyacinth's Church

Vyborg, Russia

St. Hyacinth's Church is a Gothic building, formerly a church, in Vyborg. It was built in the 16th century as a private church for members of the nobility, and became a Roman Catholic church dedicated to Saint Hyacinth in 1802. In 1970 the neglected and disused building was restored for use as a children's art school. It is now an art gallery. The wrought iron railings here once belonged to Cathedral of the Transfiguration, Vyborg.



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A127, Vyborg, Russia
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Founded: 16th century
Category: Religious sites in Russia

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Ксения Хлыстун (4 months ago)
The museum is located in one of the medieval houses preserved in Vyborg; it consists of two parts - an earlier one, located in the depths, at an angle to the street, and a later one - an extension of the 18th century. In this place in the 15th century there stood a wooden building that belonged to a Franciscan monastery; the monastery itself was located in close proximity, on Skotoprogonnaya Street (now Progonnaya). At the beginning of the 16th century, the building was rebuilt in stone as a monastery school. According to legend, it was here that the future Finnish enlightener, a prominent figure in the Reformation, Mikael Agricola, studied. For some time, the house belonged to the Swedish-German “Society of the Vyborg Knights” (hence the name Knight’s House), formed by a decree of Catherine the Second in 1766. Under Paul I, the Knight's House was transferred to the military department to organize a Catholic parish. Since 1802, the chapel of St. Hyacinth has been located here. In 1856, the chapel received the status of a Roman Catholic church. Sometimes this building is called the Knight's House, but the knight's house, or assembly of the nobility, was located there for only five years. Much longer, almost a century and a half, there was a Catholic parish here, the Church of St. Hyacinth. Today there is an interactive museum here where you can try on knightly armor. This entertainment is available to both adults and children. I highly recommend taking a look here at the interactive exhibition of knightly armor to feel the full brunt of military service, literally and figuratively. You will also be in a good mood. You can also find materials related to the history of the building here. In the basement of the Knight's House there is a small exhibition of a medieval prison and a torture chamber, where you can hand over those who behaved badly during the trip. Seriously, there you can also try on the executioner’s armor or try yourself as a victim on torture devices.
Фатов Андрей (5 months ago)
A wonderful place - a museum where you can touch, try on everything, and feel like part of the Middle Ages! + the employee will answer all your questions.
Дарья Кулькова (8 months ago)
Amazing place. You can touch and try on everything, this is even welcome there. Knight's armor, swords, throne and much more. You will not regret! On the second floor there is a room about the history of Catholicism in Vyborg, I really liked it!
Александр Медведев (2 years ago)
Great! It will be interesting for the whole family. An old building with history. There is a torture chamber in the basement. On the second floor there is a spacious hall with samples of armor, clothing and weapons. Anyone can try on all this, take pictures in different samples and feel the full weight of the equipment)
игорь иванов (3 years ago)
Great place to visit with family and friends. The most interesting thing is that you can not only watch, but also try on the outfit of a knight, with weapons of those times. It is very exciting, taking pictures, changing clothes, everyone liked it. True, this is the main thing that can be done there, another small room with a torture chamber and another one with history, there is nothing else.
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