Võry Orthodox Church

Võru, Estonia

The late-classicism style church was designed by M. Schons, chief architect of the Livonian Province. The master carpenter was Johann Karl Otto, a resident of Võru. The church was completed in 1804 and named the Greatmartyr Catherine’s Church in honour of Catherine II. The building has a simple rectangular ground planning, a sturdy western spire, a cupola-like ridge roof on the high tambour and arched windows in sham niches.


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Tartu 26, Võru, Estonia
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Founded: 1804
Category: Religious sites in Estonia
Historical period: Part of the Russian Empire (Estonia)


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Aleksandra Klokova (11 months ago)
Beautiful church with historical icons. Services are held on Saturday evenings and Sunday mornings. Ilus, vaimulik kirik. Jumalateenistused on laupäev õhtul ja pühapäeviti hommikul.
Leonid Romanov (12 months ago)
Church of the Great Martyr Catherine Võru Suurkannataja Ekaterina kirik is an Orthodox church in the city of Võru. The construction of the church began in 1793 during the reign of Catherine II. It was designed by the provincial architect of Livonia Mattias Schons, and the construction work was supervised by Johann Karl Otto, a resident of Viru. The consecration of the church took place on November 6 (according to the old style) 1804 by Archimandrite Benedikt of Riga in honor of Catherine of Alexandria and since then bears her name. In 1870, the state provided the church with buildings, animals, equipment and 248 hectares of Võru land to support the church, thereby expanding the boundaries of the church's possessions from Lake Mustjärv to Kirumpäe Castle. The church has also received permission to fish in lakes Tamula and Vagula. The church has many icons and an elegantly decorated iconostasis. In 1922, the state took away most of the church lands - the church had only 72 hectares left. In 1944, her possessions were reduced to 14 hectares, and in 1949 this territory was confiscated along with the rye sown on it.
Martin P (15 months ago)
Nice place!
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Kiizu Miizu (6 years ago)
Häid jõule ja hea koht.
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