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St. John's Church

Pikk 6, Viljandi 71003, Estonia
+372 433 3000
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A great survivor

Like many of the 13th century churches in Estonia it has been through turbulent times but remains... read more

Reviewed 4 September 2017
490theos
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Southend-on-Sea, United Kingdom
Charming

Charming church. You'll walk past it on the way to the castle ruins. It's definitely worthwhile to... read more

Reviewed 24 June 2017
Kayla L
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The church devoted to John the Baptist was erected in the 17thC upon the ruins of a Franciscan abbey. The church was destroyed several times in various wars and then invariably rebuilt. Still functioning after the Second World War, it was closed in 1950 and turned into a warehouse.It was consecrated again in 1992 and is now often used as a concert venue. Interesting to know:*This place of worship contains the communion table by Aivar Oja and stained-glass windows by Renee Aua.*Wall carpets have been made by the local textile artist Prof. Anu Raud, whose work "Mother Tree” is displayed in the UN's main building in New York.
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4 Sep 2017
“A great survivor”
24 Jun 2017
“Charming”
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Pikk 6, Viljandi 71003, Estonia
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Reviewed 4 September 2017

Like many of the 13th century churches in Estonia it has been through turbulent times but remains used in a country that declares itself the least religious in the world!

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Reviewed 24 June 2017

Charming church. You'll walk past it on the way to the castle ruins. It's definitely worthwhile to take a peek inside. Above the front entrance, there is a stained glass window with old Estonian pagan patterns.

Thank Kayla L
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Reviewed 5 January 2017

We arrived in Viljandi on dusk and came across this church lit up by green spotlights for some reason. It made an awesome sight for our tired brains.

Thank Michael C
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Reviewed 3 October 2016

Excellent atmosphere and energy. The walls are very sparsely decorated of course. Nice bells. Good concerts.

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Reviewed 5 August 2016

it has a lovely exterior, and interior. it is located near the castle ruins and suits there. good for sightseeing

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Reviewed 30 July 2015

Reported to be the oldest surviving church in Estonia on the site of a former abbey and close to the ruins of Viljandi Order Castle. The church was destroyed several times in the numerous conflicts and invasions and then repeatedly rebuilt. It has had many...More

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