St. John's Church

St. John's Church, Viljandi

St. John's Church
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The church devoted to John the Baptist was erected in the 17thC upon the ruins of a Franciscan abbey. The church was destroyed several times in various wars and then invariably rebuilt. Still functioning after the Second World War, it was closed in 1950 and turned into a warehouse.It was consecrated again in 1992 and is now often used as a concert venue. Interesting to know:*This place of worship contains the communion table by Aivar Oja and stained-glass windows by Renee Aua.*Wall carpets have been made by the local textile artist Prof. Anu Raud, whose work "Mother Tree” is displayed in the UN's main building in New York.
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PBTravelstheWorld
Woodinville, WA397 contributions
Large church in parkland setting
Sep 2019
Came to see the textile hangings by Prof. Anu Raud, unfortunately church was not open as planned. It is very large and situated in a lovely park that has several other things to visit. There are other textiles by Dr. Raud in the Estonian National Museum and she has had a special exhibit there also.
Written 29 August 2020
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Globetrotter045
Haacht, Belgium5,455 contributions
Beautiful church
Jun 2019 • Solo
Next to the castle grounds, you will see this austere white church.
And have a look inside. When I visited the church, it was filled with plants and red balloons. For a concert? A celebration? I don't know, but it looked beautiful.
I have spent a few days in Viljandi and I heard the chimes of the church playing several times a day. Really lovely to hear.
Written 14 July 2019
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Vivian L
Southern Finland, Finland2,504 contributions
Beautiful church decorated with light shades
Jul 2018 • Solo
This church is smaller than Pauluse Kirik (St. Paul’s church in Viljandi) and the white interior gives this church much more lighter atmosphere. It is on your way to the Viljandi Tourist Info and some of the main attractions in Viljandi. Definitely worth a visit since you will be walking just past it.
Written 24 September 2018
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Colin D
West Drayton, UK877 contributions
A great surviving relic
Jul 2018 • Family
A great surviving relic to the past. Like many churches in this area it has seen better times, but has been restored gracefully. I liked the doves of peace inside and appreciated the work that must have gone into maintaining this building.

700 years of history in one building. Nice views outside as well.
Written 26 July 2018
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Helene H
Maidenhead160 contributions
Church visit
Jun 2018 • Friends
Beautiful old church ,worth a visit as it is in a beauty spot with oportunity to stroll in park and take in the local flawour
Written 12 July 2018
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LMOverby
Columbia, MO1,841 contributions
charming old church
Jun 2018 • Friends
Of all the churches named after St. John in Estonia, this may be the most charming. It dates back some 700 years and is attractive both inside and out with its simple lines and forms. Well worth at least sticking your head in when you're passing through, as I was on a tour between Riga and Tallinn.
Written 20 June 2018
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490theos
Southend-on-Sea, UK552 contributions
A great survivor
Jul 2017 • Couples
Like many of the 13th century churches in Estonia it has been through turbulent times but remains used in a country that declares itself the least religious in the world!
Written 4 September 2017
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Kayla L
9 contributions
Charming
Jun 2017 • Couples
Charming church. You'll walk past it on the way to the castle ruins. It's definitely worthwhile to take a peek inside. Above the front entrance, there is a stained glass window with old Estonian pagan patterns.
Written 24 June 2017
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Michael C
Auckland Central, New Zealand155 contributions
A strange a beautiful sight to see on dusk
Dec 2016 • Friends
We arrived in Viljandi on dusk and came across this church lit up by green spotlights for some reason. It made an awesome sight for our tired brains.
Written 5 January 2017
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Anu
Estonia23 contributions
Spiritual refreshment
Aug 2016 • Couples
Excellent atmosphere and energy. The walls are very sparsely decorated of course. Nice bells. Good concerts.
Written 3 October 2016
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