Vyborg, Russia

Raatitorni (The Council Tower) is the only remaining part of the medieval Vyborg city walls. After the wall was demolished it functioned as a bell tower of near church. The tower was damaged in Winter War, but restored later.



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A127, Vyborg, Russia
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Founded: 1470s
Category: Castles and fortifications in Russia


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Ксения Хлыстун (10 months ago)
The Tower of the Town Hall is the only surviving tower from the belt of the medieval city wall from the end of the 15th century. In the past, having a passage gate, after the loss of military significance, it served as the arsenal of the city council, and then the bell tower of the Lutheran Cathedral in the parish of Vyborg. There is no open viewing platform. Worth a visit, in spite of the exposition in modern frames and under glass, some mysterious, ancient spirit is felt.
INNA MARIA (11 months ago)
It was always interesting to find out what is still inside the tower. Ticket purchase is available on the website, you will not purchase a ticket in the tower itself. A paper version of the ticket can be purchased at the castle. The tower closes for lunch, please keep this in mind when visiting. What you will see is the internal structure of the tower, a view of the city through the window and you can listen to the history of the tower through an audio guide. The time to visit is 10-15 minutes.
Amber S. (11 months ago)
Nice place to stop by while walking around Vyborg
Александр Дубровский (3 years ago)
It is impossible to describe your impressions, in the city founded in the 13th century. It's like running into the Hermitage once and writing your opinion. This is history, it is necessary to prepare for this meeting.
Andrey Belov (3 years ago)
I liked the tower for its good condition. When I walked into it, it looked just like new. Of course, new comfortable steps from metal structures were built inside. Five hundred years ago, the defenders of the city climbed wooden stairs. Thanks to the restorers. It was interesting to learn more about her. It was built in the 1470s along with other towers of the defensive wall of the stone city. The Tower of the Town Hall was the only gate tower in the southeastern part of the wall of the Stone Town. The tower got its name due to the fact that it was built or maintained with the money of the townspeople. The tower was a single oblique volume 9.7 m high (12.5 m to the roof ridge). In fact, the tower was nothing more than a watchtower. After the tower finally lost its military significance, it was transferred to the jurisdiction of the magistrate of the Vyborg City Hall. An arsenal was arranged in the tower, where the weapons and combat armor of the townspeople were stored, who were obliged, if necessary, to participate in the defense of the city. Great point of attraction for tourists.
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