Noarootsi Church

Noarootsi, Estonia

Noarootsi church is the youngest fortification church in Estonia, built around 1500. It served the congregation of Swedes living on Estonia coast, but also held a defence function. Currently, it is one of the three churches in Estonia with plank roof. Most interesting artefacts inside the church are the baptising stone, baroque pulpit, limestone baroque epitaph to Minister Martin Winter.

Reference: Histrodamus

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Founded: 1500
Category: Religious sites in Estonia
Historical period: Danish and Livonian Order (Estonia)

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olepma (2 years ago)
The watchman seemed evil
Heliita Nigulist (2 years ago)
A church with a good aura
Heigo Ensling (2 years ago)
A small lovely church
Mikko Sinkkonen (2 years ago)
Historic, well-preserved cemetery.
eve jürgens (3 years ago)
Lovely place, the cemetery is always in good order. Thanks to the makers who care for my ancestral memorial site
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