Harju Madise – St Matthias Church

History

   The church was built in the fifteenth century on the site of an earlier wooden temple. Due to its position on the coastal hill it also served as a lighthouse. In the 16th and 17th century it was rebuilt, and subsequent changes were introduced in the years 1760-1780, among other things, the tower was than raised. In the mid-nineteenth century, to celebrate the coronation of the tsar, the tower was raised and reinforced with buttresses.

Architecture

   The church is a building orientated towards the sides of the world, aisleless with a wide nave, a polygonal chancel on the east, a sacristy on the north side and a four-sided tower on the west side.

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