We knew from the file from the archive that the box would be there, but we didn’t know what its condition was, but it was in good condition and we were able to look at the documents and other items, said the administrator of the Moscow Catholic parish in Kemi, Robert Kotyan.
The box contained several historical layers. The youngest is from 1969, when they last repaired it. From that time there is a commemorative sheet, coins and such a funny box of starters with a cigarette. The old layers are from 1910 and 1870, they include local newspapers, theater programs, lists of residents and other documents, Kotyan described.
The last, oldest layer was a separate small box, which is Baroque from the time the church was founded. There is a foundation document from 1709, outside there is a description of the church’s foundation in 1702. Baroness Kateina Albta of Bachonhay paid for the construction, and at the end of the letter she very humbly calls herself the dust of the earth. There are coins in all layers, he added.
After documenting, the entire file was saved in a new folder. There were also contemporary documents, a commemorative letter and coins. The box was put back in the poppy seed. We put a commemorative sheet there, where we describe that b and coins were removed due to repairs, Kotyan said.
The repair costs were 600 thousand crowns. The municipality of Ohn, under which Kem falls, and the Ministry of Culture complained about it. For five years, the parish has been restoring the church bell tower.