Jõelähtme Church

Jõelähtme, Estonia

Jõelähtme church is one of the oldest churches in Harjumaa County. The building of Gothic-styled church was started in 1220s and completed in the beginning of 14th century. Jõelähtme church was consecrated to Virgin Mary.

The church has been rebuilt several times. The last rebuilding in 1910 was carried out after a conflagration: the gable end tower was replaced by a massive tower erected in front of the portal. Although the church has been subject to damage at various times, it still has the Late Renaissance pulpit and the Baroque altar (completed in 1670).

The grave of Gustav Heinrich Schüdlöffel (1798-1859), pastor who ministered the congregation for a long time and is known for his literary achievments, can still be seen in the cemetery. In March 2000 the altar crucifix, two candlesticks, four chandeliers, two girandoles and the contribution box were stolen from Jõelähtme church. In April 2001 the thieves returned the stolen objects.

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Founded: ca. 1220
Category: Religious sites in Estonia
Historical period: Danish and Livonian Order (Estonia)

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Monika Saks (2 years ago)
väga südamlik preestser, Margus suudab jõuda hinge ja sūdamesse. Kuulake teda kui juhtute Jõelähtmele
Alexander Antipenko (2 years ago)
Мне нравятся такие места,архитектура,старинные кресты.
Михаил Мирошниченко (2 years ago)
Своеобразная, но интересная атмосфера вокруг церкви. Особенно, если приехать во время заката, в пасмурную погоду. Замшелые камни, низенькие могильные кресты. И никого вокруг.
George On tour (2 years ago)
Jõelähtme Church is one of the oldest churches in Estonia. The church was originally made of wood, and it was established during the period of the Danes’ conquest at the beginning of the 1220s. In written records, the Church of Blessed Virgin Mary in Jõelähtme is first mentioned in 1241, and according to the mediaeval administrative system, it belonged to the Tallinn Dome Church. The present-day appearance of the church has come to being in three major stages, finally acquiring the traditional “triple jump” silhouette group. Some of the valuable cultural monuments have remained, such as the Renaissance-style pulpit from 1639, and the Baroque altar from 1670. The oldest church bell of the Harju County is also kept at the church.
Patrik H (4 years ago)
Very beautiful old church from 14th and 15th century in gothic style
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