Urvaste Church

Võrumaa, Estonia

The first record Urvaste Church date back to 1413 and it is considered to be one of the oldest churches in Võrumaa. This church, dedicated to Saint Urban, was built in the form of a basilica in the Gothic style, the only such rural church in Estonia. It was mainly destroyed in Livonian War (1558), but reconstructed in 1620.

The Altar painting dates from 1885 and the painter is C. Walther. The Organ is a masterpiece by the Kriisa brothers from 1937-38. Church bells date from 1832.



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Founded: 15th century
Category: Religious sites in Estonia
Historical period: Danish and Livonian Order (Estonia)

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Danel Tammoja (53 days ago)
Lovely church
Leonid Romanov (2 months ago)
Church of St. Urvaste Urbana. It is the only basilica-shaped country church with three naves in Estonia. "There are several reports about the church from the Middle Ages. Since 1413, the time of the first mention, it is known that indulgences were handed out in the sanctuary, and thus it was one of the medieval pilgrimage churches. Urvaste Church was badly damaged in the Livonian and Swedish-Polish wars, as well as in Northern war... From 1558 to 1620 the church was in ruins, then in 1582 the sanctuary was restored.
Maria K (15 months ago)
Very beautiful
Ants Eigi (2 years ago)
Beautiful building.
Ve Ve (4 years ago)
Oldest basilicas in Estonias countryside. Usually opened in Sunday mornings.
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