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 survivor

    Like many of the 13th century churches in Estonia it has been through turbulent times but remains used in a country that declares itself the least religious in the world!

  • Charming

    Charming church. You'll walk past it on the way to the castle ruins. It's definitely worthwhile to take a peek inside. Above the front entrance, there is a stained glass window with old Estonian...

  • A strange a beautiful sight to see on dusk

    We arrived in Viljandi on dusk and came across this church lit up by green spotlights for some reason. It made an awesome sight for our tired brains.


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