Church of St. Maurice in Haljala

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A wooden church stood in Haljala already in the XIII century, but a two-purpose stone church was built there later, assumably in the end of the XIV century.

It was rebuilt several times during the XV century to advance its defence power: vaults were added to the nave, and around the end of the century a powerful 34 m tall tower was added. Embrasures are still visible in the walls of the tower and the nave.

Halajala church bears close resemblance to the late Gothic buildings in Tallinn, therefore it is quite reasonable to believe that its builders came from there.


The church was damaged in both the Livonian War (1558) and the Great Northern War (1703). The tower has also been struck by lightning on several occasions, which is why the current spire is relatively new, from 1865.

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