St. John's Church

Valga, Estonia

The St. John’s (Jaani) church in Valga is one of the most beautiful churches in Estonia. The construction started in 1787, but it was not completed until 1816. The church represents Baroque and Classicism styles. It was built according to the design of architect Christoph Haberland and it is the only church in Estonia with an oval ground plan. The unique organ has been preserved in its original shape and it is the only instrument built by Friedrich Ladegast still left in Estonia.

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Kesk tn, Valga, Estonia
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Founded: 1787-1816
Category: Religious sites in Estonia
Historical period: Part of the Russian Empire (Estonia)

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Rudo Lilleleht (4 months ago)
Ainus ovaalse põhiplaani ja Ladegasti oreliga pühakoda mitmesaja km ulatuses
George On tour (5 months ago)
The church was built in the years 1787 - 1816 , the cornerstone was laid on 31 May 1787 . The stone church was designed by Riga architect Christoph Haberland . Before that, only the wooden churches in Valga were destined to wreak havoc in wars and fires . The church was built on a former cemetery, later on the marketplace; To this day, the center of Valga has become the place. The church was built from donations. Within two years, the church became under the roof, but due to lack of money, the construction was completed until 1816 when the bell tower of the church was ready. Emperor Alexander I donated 5,000 rubles, then the church was ready and holy on September 3, 1816 . 2016 The 200th birthday of the Valga Jan Church was celebrated in the year
Rudo Lilleleht (8 months ago)
Uus õpetaja, uus hingamine
Kalev Härk (9 months ago)
Unikaalse ehitusstiili ja Ladegasti oreliga kirik, mille tornist näeb Valgat ja Valkat (Läti Vabariik)
Tanel Aavistu (4 years ago)
We went to Christmas ceremony with our class here. It was cold but it was still fun.
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