The church of Puhja was originally built in the 14th century. It has been damaged in a war and restored at least twice, in 1490’s and 1630’s. Church interior was modified to the the present neo-Gothic appearance in the 19th century.

In the churchyard you can find a memorial dedicated to the Estonian War of Independence, and memorial stones dedicated to the local schoolmaster Käsu Hans, and father and son clergymen Andreas and Adrian Virginius. Käsu Hans became famous as the author of the lament for the destruction of Tartu (1704-1708).

Reference: Tapio Mäkeläinen 2005. Viro - kartanoiden, kirkkojen ja kukkaketojen maa. Tammi, Helsinki, Finland.

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Founded: 14th century
Category: Religious sites in Estonia
Historical period: Danish and Livonian Order (Estonia)

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