Sunday, June 15, 2014

Emmanuel's Lutheran Church in Emmaste

Visited: June 14, 2014

I finally got a chance to get out and see some more churches, this time courtesy of a weekend trip to Hiiumaa, Estonia's second largest island.

This is Emmanuel's Lutheran Church in Emmaste.

The church was built in 1867.
During the first World War, the bells were removed and melted down, probably for cannon balls. A man named Harju Tooma Johannes replaced the bells free of charge, asking only that they be tolled at his funeral. During World War II, the bells were hidden for fear they might be melted down again. Sixty years later, they were  found and restored to the bell tower.

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