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Vyborg Pt2

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. 🙂

Here are some other cities that I wrote about: MoscowOdessaSt PetersburgL.A.Magadan. Enjoy traveling!

It’s an old custom to throw coins from the top of the Tower, so you will come back. I threw an extra one for all of you.

Inside the Tower of St Olaf.

Me and my nephew in a Vyborg’s cafe. Kate doesn’t like to be photographed. 🙂

Vyborg Pt1

I’m back! 🙂 That was a tough week, but I loved it. Got so many surprises for you! But, first of all, how have you been?

So, you probably know that I love to travel and this summer I happened to visit Vyborg, a city in Russia that used to belong to Finland. It has a very rich, interesting history; and the city itself is amazing.

“The Hanseatic city lies in the boundary zone between the East Slavic/Russian and Finnish/Scandinavian worlds and has changed hands several times in history, most recently in 1944 when it was retaken by the Soviet Union from Finland during World War II.”

Centuries ago Vyborg was used as a fort. Vyborg Castle,  medieval fortress that was built in 13th century, is still in the city and remains Russia’s only fully-preserved monument of Western European medieval military architecture. Vyborg is a really beautiful city. Because it used to belong to Finland, Vyborg looks exactly like any Finn city: old, colorful houses, narrow, cozy streets, little cafes where you can warm up in a cold, rainy day, sipping hot coffee with a blueberry bagel. I spent only one day in Vyborg with my nephew Kate, but that day was really one of its kind, an unforgettable experience.

As always, it all started on the road…

Look how beautiful this is. Cones. A piece of art.

 

That’s a 13th century Vyborg’s Castle. About it and many other things I will tell you in the next post.