St. Simon's Lutheran Church

Valmiera, Latvia

Built in 1238, St. Simon`s Lutheran Church has still preserved its medieval appearance. The church has burial plaques of notable city dwellers from the 15th to 16th century, a pipe organ (1886) and paintings on the pulpit and the organ lofts (1730). The viewing platform of the church tower provides a panoramic view of Valmiera.

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Founded: 1238
Category: Religious sites in Latvia
Historical period: State of the Teutonic Order (Latvia)

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Eduards Ēriks Sotē (12 months ago)
Very beautiful and big. When you go, definitely go up the tower. The view from there is incredible.
Eveli Hämarik (2 years ago)
It's a nice church right next to the ruins and a parking lot, so a good spot to walk around a bit.
Raitis Misa (2 years ago)
Oldest curch in region
edgars brivulis (4 years ago)
..good&peacefully atmosphere
Maarka Teral (5 years ago)
Nice old church, connected to the Estonian history.
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