Tartu St. Paul’s Church of the Estonian Evangelical Lutheran Church

Tartu St. Paul’s Church of the Estonian Evangelical Lutheran Church

Riia tänav 27, Tartu linn, Tartu


Tartu St. Paul’s Church is the only Estonian sacral building in the Art Nouveau style, as well as one of the most outstanding twentieth-century sacral buildings in Estonia. The church and its wing form one of the most remarkable ensembles of sacral architecture.
The church was designed by Finnish-American architect E. Saarinen in 1913; the construction was completed and the building was consecrated in 1917. The interior was finished in 1919.
There was a fire in the church during the Second World War. However, the congregation led its partial restoration, so it was re-consecrated in 1966.
The church was restored by M. Nieminen and K. Järvinen on the basis of E. Saarinen’s projects.
The church houses a columbarium, a crypt, and a bookstore. You can also visit the spire.

Times and prices

Open all year round

Monday–friday: 10:00 - 17:00
Saturday 10:00 - 12:00
Sunday 09:00 - 12:00

Features and amenities

  • Wheelchair access

Getting there

The Widget Factory and the Estonian Print and Paper Museum are also in the immediate vicinity of St. Paul’s Church.


  • Signposted
  • Sealed access road
  • By excursion bus
  • By public transport
  • By car

Stops nearby

Bus: Kastani
Train: Tartu Raudteejaam


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Awesome Estonian church

Impressive and special architecture. The interior is also awesome, with a beautiful organ and so much peace.



Church Service

I went to church. My first time in an Estonian church for a service. Awesome inside, the beautiful church organ pipes, the altar, the dedication of the parishoners. I felt at home. I felt happy, and...



Outstanding example of the 20th century architecture

St. Paul’s is a red-brick Art nouveau building. To anyone, who has been in Helsinki, first glimpse of St. Paul’s immediately brings reminiscence of Helsinki railway station. No wonder – both...

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