Northern Estonia
Tallinn
Harjumaa
Raplamaa
Järvamaa
Lääne-Virumaa
Ida-Virumaa


     Western Estonia
Pärnu
Pärnumaa
Läänemaa
Saaremaa
Hiiumaa


     Southern Estonia
Tartu
Tartumaa
Jõgevamaa
Viljandimaa
Valgamaa
Põlvamaa
Võrumaa

 


Dear Wayfarers,

Estonia is like a treasure chest, waiting to be opened and its contents to be discovered. Scattered among forests and hills, cities and villages, churches and prayer houses are like bright pearls, connected by roads and customs, time periods and denominations. They are like intertwining necklaces, with each individual pearl being unique and special, an expression of the local people’s gratitude and yearning, spiritual riches and communion with the Creator.

Dear traveller, isn’t it exciting to examine the first pearl, and then the next one, until you finally untangle and grasp the entire spiritual necklace of the journey? Isn’t it lovely to share in the spirituality of these holy places and decorate yourself with the jewellery, which has been cherished by the local residents? Indeed, it is the common treasure of humanity, as churches have always been seen as a symbol of human nature.

As guideposts of perfection and eternity, church buildings encompass the most beautiful elements of the local circumstances, such as festive architecture, art or music. However, the central element is always the Word of God, which is proclaimed here, and the opportunity to come together with our prayers before God. Yet, many Estonian churches are modest, small and homely – they invite and welcome everyone!


Andres Põder
President of the Estonian Council of Churches