St. Elizabeth's Lutheran Church

Pärnu, Estonia

The Lutheran church named after Empress Elizabethis one of the most significant Baroque-style churches in Estonia. It was built betweenn 1744-1747 under the guidance of J. H. Güterbock from Riga.

The neo-gothic pulpit and altar were made in 1850; the altarpiece (“Resurrection”) dating from 1854 was completed in Van der Kann’s workshop in Rotterdam. In 1893, the wooden building of the oldest theatre of the town (Küün) in the southern part of the plot was demolished and the southern wing was erected (designed by R. Häusermann, a construction master from Riga). The organ, built in 1929 by H. Kolbe of Riga, is among the best in Estonia. In 1995 the extension with offices was completed (architect R. Luhse).

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Nikolai 22, Pärnu, Estonia
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Founded: 1744-1747
Category: Religious sites in Estonia
Historical period: Part of the Russian Empire (Estonia)

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Eiliki Pukk (2 years ago)
Beautiful old church. Not in so good condition from outside but beautiful inside. It has interesting shape. Worth to visit. No entrance fee. Worth to visit.
Marek Laanisto (2 years ago)
Ok
Baston Baston (3 years ago)
Full of light,nice church that making perfomans/concerts some times.
George On tour (3 years ago)
The first large church in Pärnu was completed in the present Old-Pärnu cemetery : the Cathedral carrying the name of St. Toomas, which was destroyed in the war. From the middle ages, Nikolai ( Niguliste , the sailor's protector Nikolause ), on the shores of the Pärnu River, has been the longest in history ever since. The only one after the 16th century was the wars left, it became the main church . From 1526 to 1582 Lutheran worship was held there. During the repression , the church was given to the Catholics . From the 17th century , the saint belonged to the German Lutherans, including the Swedes and several times to the Estonian congregations when needed. The church of Nikolai burned in September 1944 and was finally destroyed after the Second World War .
Johanna Blom (3 years ago)
The lady at the entrance was very friendly. Sad that the church looks like it's deteriorating from the outside but the inside is still OK shape.
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