St. Madeline's Church

Ruhnu, Estonia

The Ruhnu wooden church, built in 1644, is the oldest known wooden building in Estonia. The church's baroque-style tower was finished in 1755. The oldest parts of the building are the polygonal choir and altar, and the nave. The altar is covered with a thin, polished stone slate; the oaken frame stands on sand and is open towards the south.

The stone Lutheran church next to the wooden one was built in 1912 and is currently where services are held.

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Ruhnu, Estonia
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Founded: 1644
Category: Religious sites in Estonia
Historical period: Part of the Swedish Empire (Estonia)

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Andris Skadins (10 months ago)
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