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Entries / St. Maria Finnish Lutheran Church

St. Maria Finnish Lutheran Church

Categories / Architecture/Architectural Monuments/Religious Architecture (see also Religion.Church)
Categories / Religion. Church/Places of Worship (see also Architecture and Urban Planning)

ST. MARIA FINNISH LUTHERAN CHURCH located at 6a Bolshaya Konyushennaya Street. An architectural monument constructed in 1803-05 to the plans of architect G. C. Paulsen in the Empire style for the Finnish Lutheran community. The facade is emphasised with a Tuscan portico. The building was partially redesigned in 1871 (architect C. K. Andersen) and in the 1890s (architect L. N. Benois). The meeting-house in Lakhta and a chapel on the Finnish plot of the Mitrofanyevskoe cemetery were under the care of the St. Maria Finnish Lutheran Church. The church had a school, two orphanages and a hospice. In 1938, the St. Maria Finnish Lutheran Church was closed down, the building was reconstructed as a dormitory. Since 1970, it was occupied by the House of Nature. In 1990 the building was returned to the Finnish community and restored (architects E. Lonka, S. Ivanov), consecrated anew in May of 2002, in the presence of the President of Finland. The building serves as the main church of the Church of Ingria.

References: Антонов В. В., Кобак А. В. Святыни Санкт-Петербурга: Ист.-церков. энцикл. СПб., 1996. Т. 3. С. 249-269; Ниронен Я. Финский Петербург. СПб., 2003. С. 104-110.

S. V. Boglachev.

Andersson Carl (Karlovich)
Benois Leonty Nikolaevich
Ivanov S.I.
Lonka E.
Paulsen Gottlieb Christoph

Bolshaya Konyushennaya St./Saint Petersburg, city, house 6, litera л. А

Антонов В. В., Кобак А. В. Святыни Санкт-Петербурга: Ист.-церков. энцикл.: В 3 т. СПб., 1994-1996


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