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Cathedral of Porvoo, Porvoo

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Porvoo cathedral is a cathedral of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland in Porvoo, Finland. It was built in the 15th century, although the oldest parts date from the 13th century. It is the seat of the Diocese of Borgå, Finland's Swedish-speaking diocese. The cathedral is also used for services by the Porvoo Finnish-speaking parish, which is administratively part of the Diocese of Helsinki. The church had first become a cathedral in 1723, when the diocese of Viipuri moved to Porvoo, after the Russian occupation of Viipuri.
The church was originally made of wood. The first stone walls were built between 1410 and 1420, and in about 1450, the church was expanded four meters towards the east and six meters towards the south.
The church has been destroyed by fire numerous times; in 1508 by Danish forces and in 1571, 1590 and 1708 by Russian forces. On May 29, 2006, the outer roof collapsed in a fire, however with the inner ceiling undamaged and the cathedral interiors intact. An 18-year-old man was convicted of arson and sentenced to six and a half years in prison. The Cathedral was reopened on July 2, 2008.
The Cathedral was the site of the opening of the first Diet of Finland on 28 March 1809, at which Finland was declared an autonomous Grand Duchy, with the Emperor of Russia as the Grand Duke of Finland.
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  • Interesting church with different architecture than you normally see. If you are in town, this is one of the few things interesting to do. 
    Interesting church with different architecture than you normally see. If you are in town, this is one of the few things interesting to do.  more »
  • Unfortunately we were unable to go into the Cathedral but it's very nice to look at, quite different to many I've seen in Europe. It's set in a lovely part of Porvoo with nice views of the area. 
    Unfortunately we were unable to go into the Cathedral but it's very nice to look at, quite different to many I've seen in Europe. It's set in a lovely part of Porvoo with nice views of the area.  more »
  • Kävimme Porvoon tuomiokirkossa ihailemassa sen arkkitehtuuria, josta oppaamme kertoi kirkon ulkopuolella. Kirkko oli sisältä vaikuttava mutta hieman pieni, eikä siellä päässyt kiertelemään. Korona... 
    Kävimme Porvoon tuomiokirkossa ihailemassa sen arkkitehtuuria, josta oppaamme kertoi kirkon ulkopuolella. Kirkko oli sisältä vaikuttava mutta hieman pieni, eikä siellä päässyt kiertelemään. Korona...  more »
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  • Nice and peaceful. Situated at the top of the hill.. Beautiful church.. The atmosphere is very calm.. The walkway to the cathedral is really beautiful. You'll taken back to old times. You can see the whole old porvoo from there.. The view is amazing..
  • Occupies the highest ground in Porvoo both spiritual wise and altitude wise. Of course, it is a tourist attraction.
  • Definitely worth checking out when visiting the old town.
  • Beautiful Christmas concert in this old church in the heart of the old town of poovoo.
  • Beautiful old church and very well renovated.

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