Rauna – church

History

The church in Rauna was erected around 1262. From the 16th century it was in the possession of Luteran, temporarily also played the role of the congregation of the Moravian brothers. When in 1577 the troops of Ivan the Terrible captured Rauna, they also destroyed the temple. The church restored after the Livonian War, during the Swedish-Polish war was again ruined. Documents from 1613 state that it was then without a roof. It was not renewed until 1636. At the beginning of the Great Northern War in 1702, the Russian army under the command of Boris Szeremietiew burnt the temple again. In 1736, the tower was renovated in baroque style, and in 1804 a new building was added to the south facade of the church. During World War I, the church was damaged again. The last transformations took place during the renovation in 1936-1937.

Architecture

The original medieval church was a simple building with a nave on a rectangular plan and a massive tower added from the west. From the original elements the figurative representation of Adam and Eve from the fourteenth century is now distinguished above the entrance.

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