Simuna Church

Simuna, Estonia

Simuna church is one of the oldest in Estonia although its exact building time is unknown. It has been destroyed in wars and rebuilt again several times during centuries, at least in 1728-29 and also 1885-86. From the old church has remained part of a tower that was used on protective purposes. The altar was made by C. Ackermann, a famous wood carver and the altarpiece was made by Carl Sigismund Walther. The organ was built by Gustav Normann and so it is one of the oldest organs made by an Estonian. Visitors can visit a platform on the top of the bell-tower and enjoy a marvelous view on surroundings. The tower is 53,5 m high.



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Allika 4-6, Simuna, Estonia
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Founded: 13th century
Category: Religious sites in Estonia
Historical period: Danish and Livonian Order (Estonia)


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Leonid Romanov (8 months ago)
"The Simuna Church, together with the Tallinn Cathedral, is one of the oldest in Estonia (13th century). In 1219, the region of Katkuküla (Pudiviru) was the southern border of Danish possessions. According to the chronicle of Henry of Latvia, in 1226 the baptism of Germans in Riga and Danes in Tallinn was settled on the site by inheritance of the Pope.In the 14th century, King Valdemar IV of Denmark donated the Simuna Church to the Tallinn Cathedral.The church was destroyed many times during the wars.From the Livonian War (1558–1583) until 1622, "the church was completely empty and abandoned."Part of the tower The tower is 53.5 meters high.The church was destroyed during the Northern War and rebuilt in 1728-1729.A tower was built on the church, which was destroyed by lightning in 1831.The tower was rebuilt in 1833.Between 1855 and In 1856, the church was renovated inside and enlarged. Simuna Church Tower burned down for the last time on July 26, 1951. The cause of the fire was found to be a spark from a chimney of a nearby dairy plant. The weapons hidden there by the forest brothers were found in the church while the fire was being extinguished. The church tower was restored in the 1980s. Guests can go up to the observation deck in the tower."
Aleksei Pashenkov (4 years ago)
Very huge, but nice. Should be great views from the tower. Fantastic cementry with stylish monuments around.
Edgar Tammus (4 years ago)
The largest land church in the Nordic countries is located near the beginning of the Pedja River. Located in the center of Simuna, a church with a dignified history, with a local and national buried in the garden. With a hinged tower helmet, restored after a fire in the 1950s.
Lagle Lembavere (5 years ago)
So great. So wonderful organ. With stunning stained glass windows. Superb view of the tower. Kindly accept any help.
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