Viru-Nigula Church

Viru-Nigula, Estonia

The construction of Lutheran Church of Viru-Nigula was started originally in the late 13th century and continued until 15th century. The Baroque-style pillars were added in the 17th century. The church was badly damaged by fire in 1941 and the restoration was started right after World War II.

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


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Founded: 13th century
Category: Religious sites in Estonia
Historical period: Danish and Livonian Order (Estonia)


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Maili Sepp (2 years ago)
Peace be upon you. The more peace Maili has somewhere, the better.
Muhkel “” (2 years ago)
It is said to be the oldest stone church in Ida-Virumaa. This time it was not possible to investigate inside. But it's worth going here.
zinaida sky (5 years ago)
For me, this place produced some kind of mystical feeling. (While we were there, we didn’t see souls, crows were constantly croaking, there are a lot of them, fog ..) In general, all the attributes for horror films.?? We arrived early in the morning and among the haze of fog from the highway, in the distance, the dome of the local church was clearly visible. The temple surprised with its size and height for such a small village, its spire is visible among the trees for several kilometers. The first information about the temple, judging by its brief history, written on a sign next to it, dates back to the second half of the 13th century. However, the old temple was destroyed as a result of the Russian-Swedish war in 1658. The new temple was built in 1755, but was badly damaged during the Second World War, restored only in 1988-89, and in 1998 was transferred to the Register of Monuments. The church now houses a 24-register organ. Around the temple, behind a low stone fence, as is customary, there is an old cemetery. Nearby is a memorial stone to Kongla Ann, who lived in the parish of Mahu. She was a woman executed as a witch by foreign powers in 1640. The memorial, locally referred to as the Witch's Stone, was erected by the Wiru-Nigula Heritage Protection Society and local pagans in 1990, 350 years since her execution. Alas, we didn’t find out how she interfered so much, since the local museum was closed. Although it always seemed to me that someone was watching us from the windows of the museum? while we wandered around. Forgot to add here Next to the temple, a monument was erected to the Estonian soldiers who fell in the Liberation War of 1918-1920. In addition, the village found: 1. An interesting house with painted windows. 2. The sacrificial stone. On sacrificial stones, one can find natural or artificial recesses where sacrificial gifts were placed. Often such stones were given names. More than 1,700 recessed stones have been registered in Estonia, of which approximately 400 are associated, according to folk legend, with the tradition of offering sacrifices or have magical healing powers. 3. An interesting architectural monument stands 500 meters east of the village. These are the ruins of the chapel of St. Mary built in the Middle Ages. The chapel has been destroyed for almost 300 years, only the western wall and the foundation of the choirs have been preserved. Rising in the middle of the field, the mysterious and terrifying ruins were the place of sacrifice. The chronicle records that in ancient times, sacrificial food was brought to one of the stones close to the chapel on the day of fasting (March 25). In order for the cattle to multiply well and not get sick, the locals crawled naked around the sacrificial stone. Blind and deaf pilgrims came to the ruins of the chapel of St. Mary.
Tarvo Tonka (6 years ago)
Ei su enam sellel aadressil. On Kunda linnas.
Üllar Männik (6 years ago)
Eestlastele vōōra usu kants
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