St. Matthias' Church in Harju-Madise

MADISE, Madise küla, Lääne-Harju vald, Harju maakond

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The high belltower of St. Matthias' Church in Harju-Madise, which was built in the 15th–18th centuries, doubles as a lighthouse for Pakri Bay.

According to a legend, the church was built by a Captain Matthias who was rescued after being shipwrecked. The legend is confirmed by the location of the church – it stands right on the escarpment on the shore, the main door faces the sea, and a carved sun disc, that has been often mistaken for a helm of a ship, stands on the abat-voix of the pulpit (1784).

A memorial to Bengt Gottfried Forselius, who founded Estonian public schools, stands near the church, marking his birth place.

Times and prices

Sunday 11:00 - 13:00
Monday–saturday: closed


Is open advance bookings only

  • Free of charge

  • Free of charge

Features and amenities
Getting there
  • Signposted
  • Sealed access road
  • By excursion bus
  • By car
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Olaf S

Olaf S

Attended wedding at St. Matthias' Church

Perfect wedding site for family wedding I participated in. Overlooks Baltic sea atop a ridge with islands visible in Baltic. Friendly and knowledgeable (Estonian & English) Lutheran minister.



Церковь на горе

Церковь по дороге на мыс Пакри. сама церковь старая, милая и красивая. С нее открывается великолепный вид на поля. Отдельное спасибо за душевную беседу и рассказы про история церкви даме-пастору...

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