Valga Orthodox Church

Valga, Estonia

The Orthodox church of Saint Isidore was built between 1897-1898 and it was designed by V. J. Lunski. The church has five octagonal cupolas and represents the neo-classicism style.

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Pargi 1, Valga, Estonia
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Founded: 1897-1898
Category: Religious sites in Estonia
Historical period: Part of the Russian Empire (Estonia)

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Tanel Aavistu (3 years ago)
Väga ilus kirik, kõnnin sellest iga päev mööda.
Anatoly Ko (6 years ago)
Pargi 1a, Valga 57.775605, 26.044679 ‎ 57° 46' 32.18", 26° 2' 40.84" Исидоровский храм возведен по проекту епархиального архитектора В.И. Лунского из кирпича в стиле московско-византийских церквей с 5 куполами и колокольней. Храм был освящен 18 октября 1898 года святителем Агафангелом (Преображенским), епископом Рижским и Митавским.В 1913 году Никольская церковь в Валга сгорела, и Исидоровский храм принял православный эстонский приход. В 1923 году храм во имя свщмч. Исидора, пресвитера Юрьевского, получил статус собора.В начале 90-х годов приход, переживший войны и безбожное лихолетье, был вытеснен из своего родного храма представителями Константинополя. Сохраняя верность Матери-Церкви Московского Патриархата, воодушевляемые настоятелем священником Иаковом Метсалу, прихожане молились у церковной ограды, затем стали собираться на старинном Никольском кладбище (Tartu mnt. kalmistu). 1 декабря 1998 года был освящен временный храм в честь свщмч. Исидора Юрьевского (ныне он является малым приделом).Чин освящения новой православной церкви во имя Владимирской иконы Божией Матери был совершен Митрополитом Таллиннским и всея Эстонии Корнилием 11 августа 2001 года.
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