Harju Madise – St Matthias’ Church


   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.


   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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