St. John's Church in Viljandi

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.

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 1

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  • Large church in parkland setting

    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...

  • Beautiful church

    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...

  • Beautiful church decorated with light shades

    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...


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