Harju-Madise Church

Padise, Estonia

The first sanctuary on the site was a small wooden construction that was replaced by a stone construction in the 15th century. Because of the unique position on a high shore the church tower was also used as a lighthouse.

The present appearance is mostly from 1500-1700’s. During reconstruction work in 1760-80, the choir, vestry and tower were added to the original building. In middle of nineteenth century the Baltic-German noblemen of Padise (then Padis) and Leetse manors wanted to celebrate the coronation of the new czar, Alexander II, so the tower was built even higher and supported by side pillars. Only the western portal of the original church has been preserved to date.

Inside the church the most outstanding elements are a pulpit carved by Johann Valentin Rabe and a painted shrine donated by the landlord of Põllküla.



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Founded: 15th century
Category: Religious sites in Estonia
Historical period: Danish and Livonian Order (Estonia)

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Sirje Soovik (2 years ago)
Everything can be beautiful and practical, Jordan. SUCCESS
Matěj Lošťák (2 years ago)
Today's church dates back to the 15th century, when a stone building replaced an older sanctuary. In the 18th century the church underwent reconstruction when the choir, sacristy and tower were added. During the celebrations of the coronation of the Russian Tsar Alexander II. they had the local nobles of Padis and Leetse raise the tower as a tribute. Due to the good location of the church on the rock, the tower also houses a small lighthouse for ships sailing along the coast. Unfortunately, it was under repair and covered with scaffolding when I visited.
Andrus Liinak (3 years ago)
A very lovely country church located a stone's throw from the beach. There is a lighthouse light in the church tower, which shows the right direction for the ships going to the port of Paldiski.
Mart Kapsta (4 years ago)
Unique view from the altar to the sea :)
toivo tubli (4 years ago)
A fortress church and landmark for sailors with a very special look
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