St. Mary's Church

St. Mary's Church is first mentioned in 1396. The present stone church was probably built between 1430 and 1470 by the master of Pernå who designed, among others, the church in Pyhtää, the church in Pernå, the old church in Sipoo and the cathedral in Porvoo. The church was stolen and burned down twice during the wars in the 16th century. The decorations on the vaults and walls were damaged and other valuables were lost. The church burned again in the fire of Hamina in 1821. The Gothic building was later renovated by Carl Ludvig Engel in the Empire style and completed in 1828.

About this building

Key Features

  • Architecture

Visitors information

  • Car park at the building
  • Café within 500m

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Pyhtää Church

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Elimäki Church

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