Reigi Church

Hiiumaa, Estonia

The stone church of Reigi was built between 1800-1802 to replace the earlier wooden one built in the 1690. It was donated by Count Ungern- Sternberg, who had the church built in memory of his son Gustav who killed himself because he was heavily in debt to gamblers. Gustav is buried in the churchyard at Reigi.

On the top of the church steeple you can see a sculpture of a lily which was part of the coat-of-arms for the Ungern- Sternberg family. The church contains many beautiful works of art which are said to have been donated by the grateful survivors of shipwrecks near Hiiumaa's dangerous northwest coast. Some remodeling work was done in 1899 but the church still looks mostly as it did 200 years ago. The church is not open on a daily basis but it is still used for religious services so if you would like to get a look at the beautiful interior you are invited to attend a church service on Sunday.

Reference: Hiiumaa.ee

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Founded: 1800-1802
Category: Religious sites in Estonia
Historical period: Part of the Russian Empire (Estonia)

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Vello Vann (4 years ago)
OK
kaja polma (5 years ago)
Our church, like, still, beautiful, empty, old
Koit Pruunlep (5 years ago)
You have to look at yourself
Priit Lahemaa (6 years ago)
Põrandale oli tehtud ilusad LED valgusribad Pildid kirikust,pastoraadist ja kalmistust on segamini paigutatud.
Anton Shevyrin (6 years ago)
Nice church.
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