Rakvere Birth of the Holy Mother Orthodox Church

Rakvere, Estonia

The church of the Birth of the Holy Mother was built between 1898-1900 in the Old Russian style. The church contains the holy remains of the martyred priest Sergei Florinski, which are the only public holy remains in Estonia. The church is place for pilgrimage in the Russian Orthodox Church.

Reference: Visit Estonia

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Founded: 1898-1900
Category: Religious sites in Estonia
Historical period: Part of the Russian Empire (Estonia)

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So Green (5 years ago)
Renovated. Nice. Oldest in Viruma- built in 15 century.
Juhan Tamm (7 years ago)
Very nice church.
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