Openkirche — about project The Leningrad region has a unique cultural and historic heritage influenced not only with Russian, but also Finnish, Swedish and many nationalities that inhabited these lands for centuries. Lutheranism arrived in the region in the 16th century and numerous churches were established. Many of these churches still have active members today in the St. Petersburg and the Leningrad region and have deep historical roots and are of particular cultural value both for Lutherans and for Russians in general. The fate of these parishes and churches was different, as was the fate of their parishioners. The Open Church interactive map offers information about the region’s Lutheran heritage since Swedish rule. We will introduce you to the historical image of our region and to the Lutheran heritage left to us in the form of church architecture, as well as the current parishes and their members today. Welcome!