St. Mary's Church

Hamina, Finland

The Vehkalahti Church (today known as the St. Mary's Church) was built in the 14th century at the place were the town of Hamina is now. The history of Vehkalahti churches begins in 1396, when the first mention of town was written to a letter by Vyborg castle lord.

The present stone church was built probably between 1430 and 1470. Because of it's location near the Russian border it was robbed and burned twice in wars during the 16th century. Church burnt also 1821 in fire of Hamina and got brand new outfit by the famous architect Carl Ludvig Engel.


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Founded: 1430-1470
Category: Religious sites in Finland
Historical period: Middle Ages (Finland)

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Erja Puhakka (2 years ago)
A lovely little church and what an atmosphere♥️Historical and peaceful you could touch with your hands?
Roosa M (4 years ago)
Adorable church near the center.
Ari Hyvönen (4 years ago)
Jani (4 years ago)
A nice and spacious yard for a historical revival camp. The church is somewhat obstructed from the inside, but modified. And yet it is Hamina's oldest building from hundreds of years ago.
Jukka Mattila (5 years ago)
A beautiful reduced church from the 15th century. Renovated many times and for some reason none of the wall paintings have been redone. Completely white on the inside, a beautiful Droplet artwork on top of the altar. Nowadays it is the main church of the Hamina parish and I was very surprised when I visited the church, the guide who was there was probably a summer worker and could not tell much about the history of the church.
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