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Sigulda Evangelic Lutheran Church
Sigulda Evangelic Lutheran Church

First mentioned in writings in the 15th century as St. Bartholomew’s Church. Its tower was designed by Konstantīns Pēkšēns, the author of the altar piece is Jānis Roberts Tilbergs.

 

Address Baznīcas iela 2, Sigulda
Coordinates 57.162463   24.852347
Phone +371 67973228
www www.siguldasbaznica.lv
Opening hours

May - September
10.00 - 17.00

October - April
10.00 - 16.00

 

The stately tower topped with a rooster belongs to the Evangelic Lutheran Church of Sigulda. The parish of Sigulda was established back in 1225. Historical records show that the first church was built near Sigulda castle a year later. There are no records about its appearance, but we can presume it was a wooden structure. A masonry church was later built in it's place and is mentioned in the 1483 chronicles as the church of St. Bartholomew.

 

Both families of the Sigulda manor owners, Count von der Borh and Knyaz/duke Kropotkin, were benefactors of the church. Olga Krapotkina, following the example of her father who in 1854 covered the expenses of repairing the floors and church organ, supported the church and parish during her lifetime. Even though she later converted to the Russian Orthodox faith, she continued to help the church. The altar painting by local artist Cirulis was also one of her gifts. Unfortunately the painting is no longer there. There are also ornate ceiling lamps in the church dating back to the second part of the 19th century, possibly another gift of Olga Krapotkina.

 

A marble relief made by the then German-Baltic sculptor, August Folts, was been placed in the altar room after the demise of the patroness. A relief of the Countess Eleonora von der Borgh, the grandmother of the Olga Krapotkina, was also there. Both commemoration tablets are now at the Turaida Museum reserve.

 

In 1930, the new iron-concrete tower, designed after architect's Konstantins Pēkšēns drawing, was completed, and the new altar adorned with the painting “Christ in the Garden of Gethsemane” by Janis Roberts Tilbergs.

 

During the Soviet era from 1965 to 1990, Sigulda church was the only house of the Lord and was used by a number of members from different religions.

 

The church is open to visitors daily from 10am until 5 pm. You can view the exhibition on the church's history and a series of artworks made from buttons called “The Button mosaics” by Valdis Atāls. You are also welcome to climb the tower and take a look at the area from the above!

 

A communion service is held every Sunday at 11am and every second Thursday at 7:30 pm.


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