The medieval church of Mihkli (St. Michael) was built probably in the end of 14th century. It was mainly destroyed in several wars until the restoration began in the 19th century. The wooden bell tower was built in 1863 and the church was restored to the neo-Gothic appearance in 1901 using medieval walls.


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


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Sergei (6 months ago)
Rooster on a spire why? It turns out that in Europe the custom of decorating the wind direction indicator with the figure of a rooster dates back to the 9th century, when, according to the decree of the Pope of Rome, the spire of each church temple was to be crowned with the image of this bird - the emblem of the Apostle Peter, who, according to legend, renounced Christ three times before the rooster managed to crow
Oskar Susi (18 months ago)
The first mention of Rõngu Church in written documents was on July 7, 1413, when the infamous so-called The letter of forgiveness of sins - indulgence - was issued to the church of Rõngu parish by Pope John XXIII. The Church of the Ring is dedicated to the Archangel Michael, who is an angel of justice and judgment, grace and mercy, and a defender of the soldiers. Uncle Benjamin Hermann Karl Hesse, a German writer and Nobel Laureate Hermann Hesse, was a teacher at the Rõngu congregation from 1880-1888.
Rene Meres (2 years ago)
Nice church
Arnold Rutto (2 years ago)
Nice church
Helle Fokina (3 years ago)
Being baptized there, the place is very close to the heart. Very pleasant reception.
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