Viljandi Pauluse kirik (St. Paul’s church in Viljandi)

Kiriku tänav-3, Viljandi

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When the town of Viljandi started to grow in the middle of the 19th century the only church in town became too small for the people. The Viljandi estate owner baron Ungern-Stenberg gave the community a part of his estate as building ground for the church.
Interesting to know: · The architect of the sanctuary that was consecrated in 1866 was Matthias von Holst. · During the construction of the building so called Tudor Gothic elements were used as they were fashionable at that time. · The author of the altar painting "Christ on the Cross" is Karl Christian Andreae. · Since 1866 a G. Knauf organ fills the church with music, the biggest still functional organ of its kind in Estonia.

Times and prices
Open all year round

Wednesday–friday: 10:00 - 15:00
Sunday 10:00 - 12:00
Monday–tuesday, saturday closed

Features and amenities
Getting there
  • Signposted
  • Sealed access road
  • By excursion bus
  • By public transport
  • By car
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Impressive church - I wish you can see the influential interior, too.

Magnificent from outside, awe-inspiring from inside and I was lucky to see the interior of this church, too. Visiting times according their home page: Tuesday–Friday: 10:00 - 15:00, Sunday 10:00...

Robert H

Robert H

Located in a great village

You may not travel to Viljandi just to visit the church but when you are here it is worth a look. It is part of a great little square well off the track of the accidental tourist.




it is the most beautiful church in viljandi, to be honest. lovely red exterior and really beautiful interior.

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