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Karja Catherine Church
Karja kirik.jpg
Country Estonia
Place Saaremaa island, Linnaka village, Leisi commune in West Estonia
Short Description Karja church is one of the richest of sculptures in the whole Northern Europe. The arcs of the church exceed the height of the walls two times.
Visitors 2010
Website www.eelk.ee/h_karja.html


Karja church was built in the beginning of 14th century. The church has retained almost unchanged its initial shape. The church is one-naved and doesn't have bell tower. On top of the altar are extant paganish magic ceiling signs that were painted during construction. In the design of the churchyYou will mostly see elements of early and high Gothic that are combined with some roman lines. Interesting to know: Karja church is one of the richest of sculptures in the whole Northern Europe. The arcs of the church exceed the height of the walls two times. Karja church is the smallest church on Saaremaa.

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About the Heritage Site

  • Country: Estonia
  • Location: Saaremaa island, Linnaka village, Leisi commune in West Estonia
  • Type of location: Smallest and most beautiful medieval church in Saaremaa
  • Experience offered:

Karja Katariina (Catherine) Church is the smallest medieval church in Saaremaa. The Church, built in the 14th century, has maintained its original look practically without any changes. Decorative ceiling paintings have been preserved partly in the Church; there are magic ceiling marks on the vaults of the choir room, over the vestry there is a unique room with a fireplace, the other fireplace is situated in the attic of the choir. Supposedly the accommodation possibilities were created for the pilgrims, who travelled through the Scandinavia and the Island of Gotland to Maarjamaa.

Karja Catherine Church, Linnaka küla, Leisi vald, Saaremaa, Estonia
phone:(+372) 457 3652

Accessibility of Heritage Site

  • Opening times:
Karja Catherine Church: Monday to Friday 10.00-18.00; Saturday: 12.30-18.00 ;Sunday 11.00-18.00
  • Entrance fee:Free of charge
By car: From Kuressaare take the 79th roat to Leisi, ride 36 km and turn right to Viira village ride 2,9 km, pass Viira and next is Linnaka village.
By boat:From mainland to Saaremaa island, see [1]
By plane:30 minute flight from Tallinn to Kuressaare Airport

For further information see here.

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  • Church, Souvenirs, Information boards

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Facts about Karja Catherine ChurchRDF feed
Coordinates59° 20' 30" N, 26° 7' 51" E  +
CountryEstonia  +
Heritage Site CategoryChurch  +
PlaceSaaremaa island, Linnaka village, Leisi commune in West Estonia  +
Reference Year2010  +
Short DescriptionKarja church is one of the richest of sculptures in the whole Northern Europe. The arcs of the church exceed the height of the walls two times.
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Websitewww.eelk.ee/h_karja.html  +