Varbla Church

Varbla, Estonia

The Lutheran church of Varbla was completed in 1861 to replace the earlier wooden church made in 1638. It its dedicated to St. Urbanus. The simple single-nave church represents the neo-Gothic style. Three old altar paintings and a church bell originate from the 17th century.


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Kandle tee, Varbla, Estonia
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Founded: 1860-1861
Category: Religious sites in Estonia
Historical period: Part of the Russian Empire (Estonia)

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The church of Varbla Urbanus was built in 1858 in place of the earlier wooden church. The church building is a neo-gothic stone building. The interior of the church is original, incl. v. Family bench with Maydell coat of arms. Neo-Gothic pulpit. The church tower building is connected to the north and west by the boundary wall of the churchyard - a 0.8-1 m high structure made of earth stones, laid on lime mortar.
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