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The Lutheran Church of Sts. Peter and Paul (Vyborg Town)

Subject / Religion. Church/Churches of other confessions

The Lutheran Church of SS. Peter and Paul (Vyborg Town, 6 Pionerskaya Square). A german community has been being in Vyborg Town since the middle of the 17th century, but it has not its own church. At first public worships were performed in a hall of the town council. From the early 18th century they were performed in the Finnish Lutheran church placed in the former cathedral of the Dominican Monastery. In 1783 Empress Catherine II visited Vyborg Town and gave the permition for constructing a German church. Money collection took place in communities of Saint Petersburg, Narva, Derpt and Riga. At the same time the German and Sweden communities were united. A stone church was laid in 1793 in a part of the north-east curtain of the fortress. The church building of the Classicism style was built during 1793-1796 according to the design of the architect Yu.M. Velten; the church building reminds of churches of St. Anna and St. Catherine (Armenian church) built by him in Saint Petersburg. The building work was headed by the architect I. Brokman. Originally the church was supposed to name in honour of St. Catherine , the patroness of the Empress, but the building was finished under Emperor Paul I. The church was consecrated on 26 June 1799. It was reconstructed in 1885 according to the design of the architect J.Ya. Arenberg. It was closed in February 1940. After capturing the town by the Finnish troops public worships were performed in the church (from the end of the summer 1941 until 11 June 1944). After the war the Centre of Pioneers was placed in the building. In 1991 the church was returned to the Lutheran community, in 1994 it was consecrated again.

Shkarovsky, Mikhail Vitalyevich

Arenberg, Johann Jacob
Brockmann, Johann
Catherine II, Empress
Felten, Yuri (George Friedrich) Maqtveyevich
Paul I, Emperor

Leningrad Oblast, the/Vyborg District/Vyborg Town/Pionerskaya Street

Князева Е.Е., Соловьева Г.Ф. Лютеранские церкви и приходы в России XVIII-XX вв. Ч. 1. СПб., 2001., С. 71-72
Исторические евангелическо-лютеранские церкви и приходы на северо-западе Росии. СПб., 2003, С. 15
Шкаровский М., Черепенина Н. История Евангелическо-лютеранской церкви на Северо-Западе России. 1917-1945. СПб., 2004, С. 202

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