The church of St. Michael (Mihkli) was built in the mid-15th century and it is the biggest one-nave church in Estonia. It was originally constructed as a fortress church; two meter thick walls, narrow windows and the surrounding moat made it easy to defend. The church has been damaged in wars and restored several times.

The unique detail of the Jõhvi church is a great vaulted cellar, which is today renovated as a chapel and museum.

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Rakvere 6b, Jõhvi, Estonia
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Founded: 15th century
Category: Religious sites in Estonia
Historical period: Danish and Livonian Order (Estonia)

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Юрий Лужных (13 months ago)
Визитная карточка города ЙЫХВИ.
Kristel Veinimäe (2 years ago)
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Владислав (2 years ago)
красивое место, хороший музей города внутри
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