Sunday morning. I was sitting in the hostel’s dinning room with my friends, having breakfast, when a young man came up to our table and spoke to us… in Russian! Later we found out that he was of Russian origin and that he is now studying at the Sofia’s University. The thing at moment was that we wanted to see the St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, but didn’t know how to get there, because we were completely unfamiliar with Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria. So, that young man agreed to show us the city and to take us to the St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral! World is filled with good people. Thank you. What a day that was!
This is the second part of the post about Vyborg, a city in Russia I visited this summer.
The thing that impressed me the most in Vyborg was the Tower of St Olaf; built in the 13th century, it is the one remaining tower of Vyborg Castle, a symbol and an architectural landmark of the city of Vyborg.
The fortress was conceived by Torkel Knutsson, the Lord High Constable of Sweden, who led in the 1290s a crusade to Karelia, the Third Finnish Crusade, which was actually aimed against the Russian state of Novgorod. He chose the location of the new fortress to command the Bay of Vyborg, which was a trading site already used by locals. From the bay, a river leads inland, ultimately connecting the place to several districts, lakes, and indirectly also to rivers going to Lake Ladoga.By request of Torkel Knutsson the main fortress tower was constructed in 1293.
The first couple of hours that I spent in Vyborg, it was pouring with rain. Not the best weather to walk in the old streets, to observe people, to sit comfortably on the bench in the beautiful park with a cup of coffee. But towards the noon, the weather changed in a blink of an eye! As you can see in the pictures, it is bright and sunny. Thank you, Vyborg, for that! What a nice way to greet your guests. 🙂
Inside the Tower of St Olaf.