St. Peter's Church

Tartu, Estonia

St.Peter's congregation of Tartu was established on 27 October 1869 and the St. Peter's Church was consecrated in 1884. This pseudogothic imposing building was built pursuant to a design by E. Schröder. The location was symbolic of the time of the Estonian awakening: in the proximity of the square where the first general Estonian song festival took place. The church was finally completed in 1903, when the freshly finished 55- metre chief tower and four corner towers were consecrated. A 22- register organ and the altar painting, "Dying Christ" (by J. Köler), were finished in the 1890's. Both church bells have been cast in Gatsina near St. Petersburg.

Reference: Visit Tartu

Comments

Your name

Website (optional)



Details

Founded: 1884
Category: Religious sites in Estonia
Historical period: Part of the Russian Empire (Estonia)

Rating

5/5 (based on Google user reviews)

User Reviews

Argo Vahter (13 months ago)
Dr. Arkadiy Bessantin (3 years ago)
Хорошо отреставрировали
Anatoly Ko (7 years ago)
Narva maantee 104, Annelinn, Tartu, 58.387172, 26.727312 ‎58° 23' 13.82", 26° 43' 38.32" Тартуский приход св. Петра ведет свое начало с 1869 года, когда был подписан т.н. разделительный договор между тартуским Мариинским приходом и магистратом. Собор освятили в сентябре 1884 года. Петровская церковь, спроектированная архитектором Э. Шредером, стоит на символическом для самосознания эстонского народа месте – именно здесь в 1869 г. проходил Первый всеэстонский Праздник песни. В 1948-1997 годы церковь св. Петра служила пристанищем для Мариинского прихода, а с начала 90-х – также и для тартуского ингерманландского прихода.
Powered by Google

Featured Historic Landmarks, Sites & Buildings

Historic Site of the week

Lübeck Cathedral

Lübeck Cathedral is a large brick-built Lutheran cathedral in Lübeck, Germany and part of the Lübeck UNESCO World Heritage Site. In 1173 Henry the Lion founded the cathedral to serve the Diocese of Lübeck, after the transfer in 1160 of the bishop's seat from Oldenburg in Holstein under bishop Gerold. The then Romanesque cathedral was completed around 1230, but between 1266 and 1335 it was converted into a Gothic-style building with side-aisles raised to the same height as the main aisle.

On the night of Palm Sunday (28–29 March) 1942 a Royal Air Force bombing raid destroyed a fifth of the town centre. Several bombs fell in the area around the church, causing the eastern vault of the quire to collapse and destroying the altar which dated from 1696. A fire from the neighbouring cathedral museum spread to the truss of the cathedral, and around noon on Palm Sunday the towers collapsed. An Arp Schnitger organ was lost in the flames. Nevertheless, a relatively large portion of the internal fittings was saved, including the cross and almost all of the medieval polyptychs. In 1946 a further collapse, of the gable of the north transept, destroyed the vestibule almost completely.

Reconstruction of the cathedral took several decades, as greater priority was given to the rebuilding of the Marienkirche. Work was completed only in 1982.

The cathedral is unique in that at 105 m, it is shorter than the tallest church in the city. This is the consequence of a power struggle between the church and the guilds.

The 17 m crucifix is the work of the Lübeck artist Bernt Notke. It was commissioned by the bishop of Lübeck, Albert II. Krummendiek, and erected in 1477. The carvings which decorate the rood screen are also by Notke.

Since the war, the famous altar of Hans Memling has been in the medieval collection of the St. Annen Museum, but notable polyptychs remain in the cathedral.

In the funeral chapels of the southern aisle are Baroque-era memorials by the Flemish sculptor Thomas Quellinus.