Hanila Church

Hanila Church

Hanila küla, Lääneranna vald, Pärnu maakond

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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).

Times and prices

Open all year round

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Features and amenities

  • Wheelchair access

Getting there

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


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

Stops nearby

Bus: Hanila


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A beautiful church

From outside a beautiful church. Unfortunately the doors were locked and couldn't get a look indoors. Not sure if this is in use.

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