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Foreign Minister Paet: St. John’s Church in St. Petersburg Will Be Restored at 150 Years of Age


No. 373-E

At the opening of the exhibit dedicated to the 150th anniversary of St. John’s Church in St. Petersburg, Foreign Minister Urmas Paet said that St. John’s Church in St. Petersburg has played an important role in Estonia’s cultural history and soon it will do so once again.

Foreign Minister Paet said that the restoration of the church, which was consecrated in 1860 but pillaged in the second half of the last century, is in the final stages. “St. Petersburg’s St. John’s Church plays a very important role in Estonian cultural history and is associated with many Estonian cultural figures. It is important that the church be restored to a dignified state,” emphasised Paet. “We hope that soon church services and concerts will once again be held in the church’s 400-seat hall. The re-opening of the church is scheduled for February,” said the foreign minister.

The exhibit “St. John’s Church of St. Petersburg 150” includes documents, publications and photos of the restoration of the church over 11 years. The most famous clergymen to serve in the church, which opened on 27 November 1860, include Jakob Hurt and Rudolf Kallas, and organists to have played there include Rudolf Tobias and Mihkel Lüdig.

At the exhibit opening, the postal stationary from Estonian Post entitled “St. John’s Church 150” (“Jaani kirik 150”) was also unveiled. Its author is Lembit Lõhmus.

The exhibit was prepared through the co-operation of the St. John’s Church in St. Petersburg Fund, Foreign Ministry, Ministry of Culture, Eesti Kontsert, Estonian Post, the Estonian Evangelical Lutheran Church, and the Estonian National Library.

The exhibit can be viewed until 4 December. After that it will be displayed in St. Petersburg.

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