St. Elizabeth's Church, Pärnu

St. Elizabeth's Church (Estonian: Eliisabeti kirik) is a Lutheran church in Pärnu, Estonia.

St. Elizabeth's Church is located in Nikolai street, Pärnu

History and architectureEdit

The present-day church traces its foundation to 1741, when the Russian empress Elizabeth donated 8,000 roubles for the construction of a new church in Pärnu; hence, the church was named after the empress. Construction started in 1744 and the building was finished in 1747, under the guidance of master builder J. H. Güterbock from Riga. The spire, finished somewhat later in 1750, was designed by J. H. Wülbern, who also designed the spire for St. Peter's Church, Riga.

The resulting building is one of the finest[according to whom?] ecclesiastical baroque buildings in Estonia, characterised by its relatively grand proportions and simplicity of decoration.[1] Later additions include the neo-Gothic interior decoration and the south transept, designed by another architect from Riga, Häuserman, in 1893. The altarpiece, depicting the resurrection, is a work from the Netherlands, made in Rotterdam in 1854. The organ dates from 1929 and is reputedly one of the finest in Estonia. In 1995, a further extension was added to the church, designed by Estonian architect Ra Luhse.[2][3][4]


  1. ^ Viirand, Tiiu (2004). Estonia. Cultural Tourism. Kunst Publishers. p. 148. ISBN 9949-407-18-4.
  2. ^ Viirand, Tiiu (2004). Estonia. Cultural Tourism. Kunst Publishers. p. 148. ISBN 9949-407-18-4.
  3. ^ "St. Elizabeth's Church in Pärnu". Archived from the original on 12 April 2013. Retrieved 25 March 2013.
  4. ^ "Churches in Pärnu". Retrieved 25 March 2013.

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