Finnish Evangelical Lutheran Church of Saint Mary, St. Petersburg

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The Evangelical Lutheran Church of Saint Mary is an Evangelical Lutheran church located in Saint Petersburg, Russia. Its building was built in 1805 and refurbished in 2002. Its address is; Bolshoi Konyushennnaya Ulitsa 8A, off Nevsky Prospekt. It is usually called the Finnish church and is one of the oldest and largest Protestant churches in Russia.HistoryIn this area of Saint Petersburg, which used to be called "Ingria" by the Finnish and Swedish, the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Ingria has a 400-year history: In the early 18th century, many Finnish people participated.in the construction of Saint Petersburg and start building churches as Peter the Great guaranteed the freedom of religion. In 1703, a Swedish-Finnish Evangelical Lutheran church was built and, in 1733, on the land donated by Anna Petrovna, a new church building was constructed, later named the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Saint Anna, which stands now next to the Swedish Consulate General on Malaya Konyushennnaya Street. In 1745, the Finnish people of this church went independent and built a wooden church on Bolshaya Konyuushnaya Street. In 1805, a new church building was built, designed by Architect Paulsson, named Saint mary's Church, after Mariya Petrovna, the wife of the tsar at that time. After the annexation of Finland by Russia, the relationship with the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland became closer, and, during the early 1890s, the membership of the church reached 17,000. As the Russian Revolution of 1917 came, the church went through the most difficult time. In 1938, the church was forced to stop functioning and the church building was first used as a residential space and later as a natural history museum. After Perestroika, the church building was returned to the church. Refurbishing of the building started in 1999 and the rededication was celebrated in 2002.
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  • A place to meet. Lutheran vyholoshhennost' at the highest level, as it should be. The building is beautiful, and Hall-like room.
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  • Protestant Church with a matching Interior and order of worship with certain differences: fits perfectly into the urban landscape of the street-not dominates, but prettily soothes!
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  • In English, St. Mary's Church is over 200 years old by a large Team of Finnish Church of St. Petersburg, a central location in the heart of Saint Petersburg, the Nordic block. During the Soviet era the Church work, among other things, as a central, and nature, and it fell into disrepair. Fixed at the end of the 1990s the Finnish financing, repair was completed at the beginning of this Millennium. The bright Church is on Sundays, as well as the Finnish language version of the Russian exhibition. The organ loft is a great baroque organ. The Church will be held on Saturday in the evening, the ilmaiskonsertteja, who often drive the Church full of music and soon Lutheranism became official.
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