The Old Believers Tour
1. Tartu City & University of Tartu → 2. Tartu Visitor Centre → 3. Rajaküla Old Believers’ Worship House → 4. Kolkja Museum of Old Believers → 5. Suur-Kolkja Old Believers Prayer House of the Estonian Association of Old Believers Congregations → 6. Kasepää Old Believers Prayer House of the Estonian Association of Old Believers Congregations → 7. Varnja Old Believers Prayer House of the Estonian Association of Old Believers Congregations → 8. Tartu Old Believers Prayer House of the Estonian Association of Old Believers Congregations
This one day East Estonia tour concentrates on The Old Believers who are religious refugees who opposed the official teachings of the Russian Orthodox Church and settled in Estonia in the 17th century. These people live in an unique one street village that stretch for miles. Visit the Kolkja museum and and do not forget to eat in local restaurant that offers traditional fish and onion dishes.
Sites along route
Suur-Kolkja Old Believers Prayer House near Lake Peipus got damaged in a fire about two decades age and the congregation has tried to restore it in its former glory.
Go and visit the prayer house of Russian Old Believers, which has been operating without interruption since the 18th century, in Kasepää Village near Lake Peipus.
The big and beautiful prayer house in Varnja Village on the shores of Lake Peipus was funded and built by the congregation itself. Most of the icons of the prayer house date back to the start of the…
Tartu Old Believers Prayer House is a small and cosy house of God in the hall under the tower of the large and impressive prayer house destroyed by bombing during the war. This is the only part of…