Porvoo Cathedral


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When Porvoo gain city rights, the local church was made of wood but as early as beginnings of 15th century, the city can boast with stone cathedral. The church has a simple silhouette, rectangular shape with separate bell tower.

It is serving both as a Finnish-speaking parish and a Swedish-speaking Paris, as Swedish-speakers are about 30% of Porvoo inhabitants.
In 1809 the first diet of Finland took place, after establishing by tsar Alexander the autonomous Grand Duchy of Finland. During history, many military groups set the church on fire, Danes in 16th century, and later three times by Russians. The last time, in 2006, the fire was set by a teenager, and cathedral was reopened in 2008.

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