Karja Catherine Church

Karja Catherine Church, Leisi

Karja Catherine Church
4.5
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Karja church was built in the beginning of 14th century. The church has retained almost unchanged its initial shape. The church is one-naved and doesn't have bell tower. On top of the altar are extant paganish magic ceiling signs that were painted during construction.In the design of the church You will mostly see elements of early and high Gothic that are combined with some roman lines.Interesting to know: Karja church is one of the richest of sculptures in the whole Northern Europe.The arcs of the church exceed the height of the walls two times.Karja church is the smallest church on Saaremaa.
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LouCaRomania
Bucharest, Romania125 contributions
This was the highlight of our Saaremaa visit
Jul 2021 • Couples
Unbelievable hidden gem, I don' t know why doesn't it show higher in rankings for Saaremaa Make sure you take the English leaflet at the entrance to see what you should be looking for, it was one of the best such material ever seen. Absolutely a must
Written 8 August 2021
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IB523
Riga, Latvia2 contributions
Highlight of our Saarema visit
Jul 2021
This church dates back from the 12th/13th century and is quite unique as to its architecture and interior/exterior symbols. Definitely recommend purchasing the well-written brochure (5 EUR) which will explain much of the figures and symbols inside and outside of the church -- including various paganism symbols, the Templar crosses etc.
Written 30 July 2021
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GinDub
Quebec City, Canada639 contributions
i like it very much
Sep 2019
So big so old in the middle of now where very impressive the way it stand there and the way the light get in i was impresse
Written 6 October 2019
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Mustanaamio
Helsinki, Finland75 contributions
Beautiful Church
Aug 2019 • Couples
A beautiful church woth beautiful surroundings. Loved the old safe (800 years old if I understood correctly). Worth a visit!
Written 10 August 2019
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chamara w
997 contributions
Beautiful and a must visit in Saaremaa
Jun 2018 • Friends
Beautiful church well preserved in its authentic sense. The interior has the features of gothic and medieval touches and it's impressive how it has survived this long with no damaged to exterior or interior structures. Must visit if you are in this beautiful island. Recommended you read about it before or go with a guide who knows the history.
Written 18 July 2018
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SFrances C
Bovingdon, UK336 contributions
Wonderful historical building
Aug 2016 • Couples
This 14th century church is just a bit further along the raod from the Angle Windmills: you can combine the two on a day out! The inside is quite strinking with its painted walls, stained glass windows and some very interestindg sculptures. You really shouldn't miss this one if you are in the vicinity
Written 7 July 2017
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Uku S
Saaremaa, Estonia205 contributions
Piece of history
Jul 2016 • Family
This is very old and beautiful church, open all year round. Good to visit during christma time and also cool yourself down during hot summer days. Church without tower.
Written 8 March 2017
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Maikel1989
Ghent, Belgium100 contributions
Nice scenery
Aug 2015
The church can be found near the Angla windmill park which is the reason why it's visited often. The church itself however is very similar to others found on the whole island. nevertheless, if you are there it's worth a visit for both the church and the scenery. the inside of the church looks a bit dark. the entrance of the church is 'guarded' by a scary looking old lady but i guess that contributes to the experience of visiting an old church
Written 1 September 2015
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SACALosAngeles
Hacienda Heights, CA1,340 contributions
Interesting History
Sep 2014 • Couples
The Karja Kirik is just down the road from the Angla Windmill Hill and a wonderful old church. It was built in the 14th century and served both as a church and defensive retreat for villagers in times of strife. While the church outside is stark, inside it is just beautiful. It has beautiful wall painted designs and stained glass windows, but it also known for its very unusual sculptures which include fanciful, and somewhat scary creatures. When we approached from the outside, we could clearly see the defensive architectural plan and when we entered the church, it was bathed in light from the stained glass windows which made for a wonderful visit.
Written 1 January 2015
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