Saint Martin's Church

Saint Martin's Church, Valjala

Saint Martin's Church
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The construction of Valjala Church was started in 1227. The oldest part of the church is the choir room to which the nave was later added. At Valjala Church you can see a Romanesque baptismal font from the 13th century, which is believed to be one of the most unique pieces of carved stonework in the Baltic states. In the choir room of the church you can marvel the murals which depict six apostles and are painted at the time when the original chapel was built - the later choir room part. Good to know: * Valjala Church is the oldest stone church built on the territory of Estonia. * In the third quarter of the 13th century, the church was transformed into a fortified church * The church tower was built in the 17th century above the vestry.
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PBTravelstheWorld
Woodinville, WA397 contributions
Beuatiful church in lovely setting.
Sep 2019
This is the oldest church in Estonia and you can see that in the architecture. The Romanesques blind arcading across the top of the front and the very thick walls all show building of an earlier time. It is a simple church that needs some care. The walls have some alge growing on the inside, but it was open and neat the day I visited. Because this church was out on the islands it survived and the people of the islands were able to keep their faith better then on the mainland. The church is free to visit, but a small donation would help them to keep it open and safe for future visitors.
Written 21 August 2020
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Jolyon67
Melbourne, Australia5,714 contributions
Oldest Church in Estonia
May 2014 • Solo
St Martin's Church in Valjala is the oldest church in Estonia, built around 1227. It has been enlarged over the years but you can still see murals from the 13th C on the north wall of the choir. Most of the church is whitewashed and has a very high vaulted ceiling. Above the entrance is a gallery with an organ and at the opposite are some fine stained glass windows by the altar. Towards the front of the church is a baptismal font said to be one of the oldest pieces of carved stone in the country. Entry is free and it only takes about 20 minutes to look around. Valjala is best accessed by bus from Kuresarre 30km away, buses run every 30 minutes. It is a very deserted spot so check return times or you will be stranded.
Written 27 November 2014
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