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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The church was originally made of wood.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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  • The wedding was held inside the Church itself, so it was not possible to view the inside of the Church. The Church was also nice from the outside, but would like me to be able to see the inside part.
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  • Perhaps the most beautiful that I see in the Church, a lot of great details. The Church is an interesting and colorful history. A popular tourist attraction, as well as hääkirkko. Was I a unique spectacular atmosphere to be once in a häävieraana here!
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  • The view from there is awesome and the Old Town around the church is like go back in time
  • This cathedral is an ancient one, and looks like was made just yesterday! From outside looks a little boring, but inside its fabulous, classical artistic ancient finishing and looks so awesome, it's just amazing, it's a shame that it's not well utilized by the locals. Then there is this very short door that's one of its kind on an adjustant building, I loved it's serenity, nice and cool place to connect with the inner yourself.
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