The medieval stone church of Ambla is the oldest in Central Estonia. Construction of the church was started in the mid-13th century. The church has been consecrated in the name of Virgin Mary, the main patron saint of Teutonic Order. In Latin the church is called Ampla Maria (Mary the Majestic), which also has given the name for the village.

The Renaissance-style interior was mainly destroyed in Livonian Wars, but there still exist an altarpiece and pulpit made in the 17th century.


Your name

Website (optional)


Founded: ca. 1250
Category: Religious sites in Estonia
Historical period: Danish and Livonian Order (Estonia)

More Information


4.8/5 (based on Google user reviews)

User Reviews

Raido Pappel (2 months ago)
Kaarel - Peter Sillat (6 months ago)
Väga lihtsalt leitav ajalooline hoone
Bren Clarke (2 years ago)
Reimo Tarkiainen (2 years ago)
Anatoly Ko (6 years ago)
Järvamaa Ambla alevik Valguse tee 2 59.191357, 25.840366 ‎59° 11' 28.89", 25° 50' 25.32 Церковь была освящена в честь покровительницы Немецкой Орды - Девы Марии. Интересно, что название места Амбла произошло от названия церкви, а не наоборот. Это наиболее старая церковь в Ярвамаа была построена в 13 веке. Внешняя архитектура трёхнефной зальной церкви очень простая и скромная. К сожалению, средневековая обстановка церкви Амбла утрачена во время Ливонской войны. Высокая колокольня церкви – самая старая среди подобных башен при сельских церквях. Посетить церковь можно в летние месяцы с пятницы по воскресенье. В церковном саду находятся могильный памятник “Мальчик с маками” и монумент Освободительной войны. Нынешний шпиль построен в 1857 году, его высота 49,5 метров. пасторский дом Ambla alevik, Valguse tee 2 59.191111, 25.838861‎ +59° 11' 28.00", +25° 50' 19.90 Здание было построено в 1816-ом году и передано под дом священника в 1877 году , в 1950-ые годы здание было национализировано , в 1982-ом году было возвращено обратно церкви .
Powered by Google

Featured Historic Landmarks, Sites & Buildings

Historic Site of the week

Lübeck Cathedral

Lübeck Cathedral is a large brick-built Lutheran cathedral in Lübeck, Germany and part of the Lübeck UNESCO World Heritage Site. In 1173 Henry the Lion founded the cathedral to serve the Diocese of Lübeck, after the transfer in 1160 of the bishop's seat from Oldenburg in Holstein under bishop Gerold. The then Romanesque cathedral was completed around 1230, but between 1266 and 1335 it was converted into a Gothic-style building with side-aisles raised to the same height as the main aisle.

On the night of Palm Sunday (28–29 March) 1942 a Royal Air Force bombing raid destroyed a fifth of the town centre. Several bombs fell in the area around the church, causing the eastern vault of the quire to collapse and destroying the altar which dated from 1696. A fire from the neighbouring cathedral museum spread to the truss of the cathedral, and around noon on Palm Sunday the towers collapsed. An Arp Schnitger organ was lost in the flames. Nevertheless, a relatively large portion of the internal fittings was saved, including the cross and almost all of the medieval polyptychs. In 1946 a further collapse, of the gable of the north transept, destroyed the vestibule almost completely.

Reconstruction of the cathedral took several decades, as greater priority was given to the rebuilding of the Marienkirche. Work was completed only in 1982.

The cathedral is unique in that at 105 m, it is shorter than the tallest church in the city. This is the consequence of a power struggle between the church and the guilds.

The 17 m crucifix is the work of the Lübeck artist Bernt Notke. It was commissioned by the bishop of Lübeck, Albert II. Krummendiek, and erected in 1477. The carvings which decorate the rood screen are also by Notke.

Since the war, the famous altar of Hans Memling has been in the medieval collection of the St. Annen Museum, but notable polyptychs remain in the cathedral.

In the funeral chapels of the southern aisle are Baroque-era memorials by the Flemish sculptor Thomas Quellinus.