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St. James' Lutheran Church in Püha

Category Architectural sightseeings, Churches
Püha küla, Pihtla vald, Saaremaa
Coordinates 58.161995, 22.246925
GPS: 58° 9' 43" N, 22° 14' 49" E

St. James' church is like a well-kept secret. Its story is literally hidden beneath the many grout layers added on its walls after the fire in the Livonian War. A fireplace in the tower tells the church was used as a hide out during the troubled times and historic records assure it too that in 1576 the Russians burnt it down to get to the peasants hidden in the tower. This church is the only one in Estonia which such historic records have been found about.

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