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  Jaani kirik
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The main church in the old town is one of the rare medieval buildings that survived the big fire of 1775. It is an example of brick gothic like the cathedral on the hill. The building is dated to the 14th century.

Its most remarkable feature are the hundreds of terracotta figures and busts on the facades. Nobody has so far found a convincing explanation for them.
Around the portal we find figures of praying saints and the apostles Peter and Paul, and Christ the Saviour in the mandorla at the top. The lower niches are empty.
Below the eaves a frieze with quatrefoils runs around the whole church; each quatrefoil holds a terracotta head.

Opening hours are limited. Unfortunately I was unlucky, so I cannot tell about the interior. Check the display outside the main portal for up to date opening hours.

Website: http://www.jaanikirik.ee

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  • Written Oct 2, 2010
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