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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www.hamina.fi
www.muuka.com

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Marko Kyllönen (3 years ago)
Vaikken kirkkoon kuulu.
sini haili (3 years ago)
Saila Valkonen (3 years ago)
tuutie (4 years ago)
Kaunis vanha kirkko
Henri Eerola (4 years ago)
Uudet urut. Hienosti raikaa.
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