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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  • A great surviving relic

    A great surviving relic to the past. Like many churches in this area it has seen better times, but has been restored gracefully. I liked the doves of peace inside and appreciated the work that must...

  • Church visit

    Beautiful old church ,worth a visit as it is in a beauty spot with oportunity to stroll in park and take in the local flawour

  • charming old church

    Of all the churches named after St. John in Estonia, this may be the most charming. It dates back some 700 years and is attractive both inside and out with its simple lines and forms. Well worth...


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