The ceremony, attended by hundreds of people, was held to mark 90th anniversary of the Estonian Apostolic Orthodox Church, ETV reported.

Pärt, a world-famous composer, received the recognition for introducing the Orthodox musical tradition to classical enthusiasts around the globe. Vetik was honored for supporting the renovation of a church on the island of Kihnu, which Bartholomew is visiting today.

Bartholomew is visiting Estonia from September 4-11. It is his third official visit to Estonia