Hanila Church

Hanila church is one of the most stylish early-Gothic-style sacral buildings in the Saare-Lääne region and was built in the 13th century. In the west wall of the church you should pay attention to the stairs leading to the vaults and the baroque-style pulpit and carved altar. Also of interest are the gravestones of interesting shapes, probably dating back to the early medieval times, in the cemetery near the church.
Interesting facts: 18 trapezoid gravestones were found in the church depicting paganism symbols. A legend says that the builders had bricked in a goose in the wall of he church, hence the name Hanila (The English word for the Estonian hani is goose).

Features and amenities

Location

Hanila küla, Hanila vald, Lääne maakond

Getting there

Hanila church is located by Tallinn-Risti-Virtsu highway, right next to Hanila Museum.

Access

  • Signposted
  • By public transport
  • By car
  • Sealed access road
  • By excursion bus

Stops nearby

Bus: Hanila

Coordinates

58°36'48''N 23°36'29''E | Download GPX file