St. Mary's Church in Tartu

St. Mary’s Church in Tartu was built in 1842 to be the church of city of Tartu and the Estonians in the parish.

In 1869, the first Estonian song festival began in St. Mary’s Church in Tartu. 
A. H. Willigerode, a music activist, writer, and an organiser of the song festival, parish clerk J. Kurrik, who put together the first Estonian physical education book, and minister A. E. Vooremaa, who died as a martyr, and many others have worked here.

There was a fire which destroyed the church on 12 June 1941 and in the 50s, the Estonian Academy of Agriculture used it as a gym. Sport was practiced in the church for almost 50 years and it has been called the shelter for sports in Tartu.
The building was returned to the congregation in 2009. Restoration of the building has begun.

St. Mary’s Church in Tartu was built in 1842 to be the church of city of Tartu and the Estonians in the parish.

In 1869, the first Estonian song festival began in St. Mary’s Church in Tartu. 
A. H. Willigerode, a music

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