St Olaf's Church in Tallinn

Source: Jaanus Ree


From wooden Scandinavian-style sanctuaries along the coastline to immense gothic churches towering a sleepy village, Estonian churches tell an epic tale of how the Northern European culture came to be.

If you are looking to travel back in time and place, and experience the world through the eyes of medieval aristocracy, or perhaps the local peasantry giving rise to the local culture, step into an Estonian church. In addition to historical landmarks, a number of award winning modern houses of worship have been built in recent years.

While modern Estonia can hardly be considered a religious country, churches have played an important role in Estonia’s culture and politics ever since the arrival of German crusaders in the early 13th century. The Medieval churches in particular were monumental projects that drew Europe’s best artistic talent with an interior and exterior that to this day can be admired in full grandeur.

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