St. Madeline's Church

St. Madeline's Church, Ruhnu

St. Madeline's Church
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St. Madeline's Church in Ruhnu is the oldest known wooden building still standing in Estonia - its construction was started in 1643. After the Ruhnu Swedish left, the purpose of this house of God was forgotten for half a century. The wooden church was newly consecrated in 1999.Good to know:The collection of glass paintings from the Ruhnu wooden church is located in the History Museum in Stockholm.The oldest parts of the building are the polygonal choir and altar, and the nave.The altar is covered with a thin, polished stone slate; the oaken frame stands on sand and is open towards the south.
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Uljana S
Tallinn, Estonia142 contributions
Fantastic spiritual experience!
Aug 2019 • Solo
This is an amazing feeling, when you stand under the old chandellier or sit on the 300-years old benches... If you are lucky, you can catch up with messa on Sunday mornings and some other scheduled time. For me it is a spiritual sacred place where I reload myself with synesthetical sensations: the smell of old ship, sights, feelings, emotions, the history behind - all together creates an UNIQUE experience, what will fulfill you for the whole year till your next visit to Euhnu. People are coming on the island just once, just as a tourists for a while - and they fall in love with this island and church. And pay attention to the famous rubies in the window - there is a lovely story behind them!
Written 5 September 2019
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Hannes R
Tallinn, Estonia8 contributions
Oldest church on Ruhnu
Jul 2018 • Friends
It's the oldest church on Ruhnu and made totally out of wooden shipwrecks. There's a very little chance to get inside but there's always a possibility to see the interior through windows.
Written 15 August 2018
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Uljana S
Tallinn, Estonia142 contributions
Its worth to visit Ruhnu island just because of this church!
Nov 2016 • Business
Unique and petite church un old-fashion style, over 400years old is very welcoming. The doors are usually closed but You always can communicate with locals and get inside. The mist amazing thing for me is a smell of old wood and ladan. The windows are decirated with unique copies of old vitrazes, made by Art Academy students in las Soviet time. You can hear or read about church's history, about local traditions of Rannarootslased (bank swedish) whi rulled the island's life till the end of 2. WW but were forced to abandon the homeland due to soviet invasion. There are plenty of beautiful legends told by licals, peaceful cementery is full of family trade marks, and right next to the old church there is a new one as well. So You could get a fuul impression of history meeting nowdays religious life. If You are searching for spiritual experience, I can definitely advise You to visit Ruhnu Old Church. Im loving it!
Written 10 November 2016
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