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Anton Makarov

Born

2 December 1536
Aloja, modern day Mariana

Died

14 February 1603
Helsingfors, Finland

Offices

Bishop of Gavle
Presiding bishop of Uppsala Synod

Alma mater

St. Ann's College, Gavle

Anton Makarov (2 December 1536 - 14 February 1603) was an Aloian clergyman who served as Bishop of Helsingfors and presided over the Uppsala Synod. 

Makarov was born and raised in Aloja, modern Mariana. In 1557, the southern cities of the Baltic League declared independence and established Terra Mariana. Aloja was alone in opposing this move and was sacked and ravaged by the city's neighbors. Makarov served in Aloja's militia, but after most of his comrades were killed, most of the inhabitants of Aloja fled north. Makarov and his family eventually settled in Finland, where he began a life as a farmer. At age 32, he began seminary studies at St. Ann's College in Helsingfors and was ordained in the Baltic Church in 1575. He served parishes in rural Finland until he was elected Bishop of Helsingfors in 1589. He was chosen to preside over the Uppsala Synod in 1593, a large and crucial meeting of church and state leaders. 

While the Synod's official reasons for choosing the name Aloia are related to the Eurasian name for Halle, the site of the Peace of Halle, and for King Alois I, Makarov stated that he supported the name for its similarity to the name of his home city, the one city that remained loyal to the Baltic League.

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