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Archaeologists resumed research of a secret passage in the Vyborg Castle after 80 years

The Vyborg Archaeological Expedition of the Institute of History of Material Culture of the Russian Academy of Sciences have begun study of the secret passage, which was built during the Middle Ages to connect the town and the castle, which stands on an island, the press service of the Vyborg United Museum Reserve informed on Friday.
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There is a mention in the castle records for the years 1561−1562 of construction of a 'Secret House' on the site, and a staircase was constructed in it, leading to the shore of the strait. The press service said that, according to the local story, it was at that spot where the underground passage under the strait began. The passage led to the basement of the house in the city, that was the closest to the castle. Historians have already established that the 'crossing' was used during in the Middle Ages in the times when the city was under siege to secretly pass to and from the castle. Then, in the middle of the XVIIIth century, it was dismantled, but the secret staircase to it remained.

Drawings and photographs of excavations of the secret passage that took place during the period when Vyborg belonged to Finland are kept in the archive of the Museum Sector Development unit of The Finnish Heritage Agency and the Provincial Archive in the city of Mikkeli. Russian archaeologists have received copies of these documents, which will help them in the research of the secret passage, the press service of the government of the Leningrad Region informed earlier in a press release.

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