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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Priit Lahemaa (2 years ago)
Põrandale oli tehtud ilusad LED valgusribad Pildid kirikust,pastoraadist ja kalmistust on segamini paigutatud.
Anton Shevyrin (2 years ago)
Nice church.
Ander Tamm (3 years ago)
Ilus kirik ilusa kalmistuga
Marge Konsa (3 years ago)
There is a public toilet in the churchyard.
Anatoly Ko (8 years ago)
Pihla, Kõrgessaare, Hiiumaa, 58.982742, 22.509706 ‎ 58° 58' 57.87", 22° 30' 34.94" Массивная звонница церкви в Рейги превращает довольно простую постройку в монументальную. Инициатором строительства церкви является имевший дурную славу, Венгерский князь, который решил построить церковь в память о своём погибшем сыне. Самого графа позднее сослали в Сибирь за разбойничество и разграбление кораблей. Из элементов, которые привлекают внимание, можно выделить герб дворянского семейства фон Унгерн-Штенбергов, который расположен над главным входом. Приодская церковь Рейги находится на территории посёлка Пихла, именно по этой причине, раньше эту церковь в народе называли пихлаской церковью. Название Рейги происходит от фамилии местных шведов, большую часть которых, в 1781 году сослали на Украину по приказу русской императрицы Екатерины Великой. Первое месторасположение церкви связано с легендой о горе «Кабелимяги», которая находилась неподалёку от моря. Как минимум, в 17 веке гора ещё существовала. В 1690 году была построена новая деревянная церковь, которая находилась немного дальше от того места (через дорогу), где расположена современная церковь. Третью по счёту, современную каменную церковь, построили по приказу барона Отто Рейнхольда Людвига фон Унгерн-Штернберга в 1800-1802. Таким образом он пытался восполнить вину за свои грехи перед Богом, а также построить церковь в память о своём погибшем сыне. Его сын был капитаном гвардейцев, Густав Дитрих, который проживал в столице, в Петербурге и за долгую жизнь влез в огромные долги. Для того чтобы расплатиться с долгами, он попросил помощи у отца. Строгий отец с пуританскими взглядами, отказался помочь сыну промотавшему все свои деньги. Густаву не оставалось другого выхода как будучи 27-летним парнем, застрелиться из револьвера. Образ церкви Рейги увековечен в культурной истории Эстонии благодаря новелле эстонско-финского писателя Айно Калласа «Учитель из Рейги» (“Reigi õpetaja”). Новелла повествует о любовном треугольнике мужду пастором Лемпелиусом, его женой Катариной и помощником учителя, Йонасом Кемпе, жизнь которого закончилась на плахе. По мотиву этой новеллы была написана опера (автор Эдуард Тубин) и снят фильм.
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