Vyborg Cathedral

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Vyborg Cathedral before the Winter War
Damaged cathedral after the Soviet bombing in 3 February 1940

Vyborg Cathedral was a church in Vyborg, present day Russia, at the time Grand Duchy of Finland and later in independent Finland. It was built in 1893. At first it was called the New Church and after 1908, when the Mikael Agricola statue was erected in front of the church, the Agricola Church. Later it was also called the New Cathedral in order to separate it from the medieval Old Vyborg Cathedral.

Planning and construction[edit]

In 1881 Vyborg's Finnish parish was divided between the city and the surrounding rural municipality. The old church of the parish was left to the rural parish. The city parish needed a new church, which was built by Eduard Dippell between 1889-1893 in gothic revival style.

Destruction[edit]

Vyborg was heavily bombarded during the Winter War. The altar side of the cathedral was hit by a bomb in 3 February 1940. Finland lost the city to Soviet Union in the Moscow Peace Treaty, but conquered it back during the Continuation War in 1941. The cathedral had been partly dismantled by the Russians and the Finns didn't start to repair it during the war. In 1944 Vyborg was again lost to the Soviet Union and the cathedral was fully torn apart after the war.

Coordinates: 60°42′33″N 28°44′44″E / 60.70917°N 28.74556°E / 60.70917; 28.74556

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