Vyborg City Hall (Old Town Hall) in Leningrad

One of the most beautiful buildings in Vyborg is the Old Town Hall on the square of the same name. This elegant building was erected back in 1643, and

Vyborg City Hall ( in Old Town Hall) Leningrad 

Vyborg City Hall in Leningrad
Vyborg City Hall in Leningrad 


One of the most beautiful buildings in Vyborg is the Old Town Hall on the square of the same name. This elegant building was erected back in 1643, and then the Town Hall became the largest building in the city in principle. During the hostilities in 1710, Russian artillery severely damaged it, and a new building was taken under the Town Hall, and the old one was used for various other needs. In 1898, the Town Hall was restored in the neo-Renaissance style, and it significantly increased in size: in order to accommodate the expositions of the Historical and Ethnographic Museum, the number of floors was increased to four. Alas, during the Soviet-Finnish war, the Town Hall again suffered a lot, and the museum exhibits were destroyed by fire. It was restored in the post-war period and divided into residential apartments, which are inhabited to this day. In 1985, the Old Vyborg City Hall was included in the register of cultural heritage sites. St. Olaf's tower in Vyborg

Nowadays, a photo of the restored and brightly decorated City Hall with a monument in front of it can easily seem to have been taken somewhere in the Czech Republic or Poland. Johan Blomkvist, the architect who brought the Town Hall to its present form, worked in Vyborg for almost 25 years and created many attractive urban buildings. For the facade of this building, he used facing bricks, combining it with natural stone, and added a high roof with a gable to the upper floor. The attic floor and the current look of the roof are already the result of the post-war reconstruction of the 20th century.

Right in front of the Town Hall, you can see the monument to Torgils Knutsson, who founded the Vyborg Castle, erected in 1908. This proud figure became the first monument in the city, and funds for its creation were raised by specially organizing a literary evening for this. The idea of erecting a monument to the Swedish commander did not appeal to the Russian commandant of the city, and the statue was erected only thanks to the personal permission of Nicholas II. In 1948 the bronze marshal was removed and only miraculously not melted down, although he was badly damaged. For 30 years the sculpture disappeared from sight until workers of the local history museum found it. The sculpture was restored and solemnly returned to its place in 1993, on the occasion of the 700th anniversary of the Vyborg Castle.

The Old Town Hall Square is the nicest in the city. Here you can see the building of the guardhouse, built in the style of classicism and later converted to neo-Gothic; the former house of Vekrut; Borchardt's merchant house, rebuilt in the neo-Renaissance style; several Wolf houses combined into one; as well as the statues "Sea Trade" and "Industry" from the second half of the 19th century on the site where the city gates used to be.

The Vyborg Palace cinema, opened in the building of the New Town Hall, hosts the annual Window to Europe film festival.

In Vyborg there is another former Town Hall - New, which is on Spasskaya Square, opposite the cathedral. It was built at the end of the 19th century and is a neoclassical building that has been changed and supplemented more than once. In the 60s, of the last century, it was last remade to open a cinema inside. It still works today. Read this article of Alexander Palace in Pushkin

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