On the way from Turaida to Ragana is the Church of Krimulda, which was one of the first churches in Livland and, with many changes, has remained until today. Nor does it stand out for luxury in its interior, yet its real wealth is the many events surrounding the place. Next to the church is Cubessel Castle Mound, where a pastor’s estate has been built. At the foot of Castle Mound lies Mound, known as Kaupo’s tomb site, though it is likely Kaupo was buried in the church itself.
The church is an architectural monument of national importance. in 1205, priest Alobrant erects a church in the Liven-populated Kubesele, near the burnt-out Kaupo palace. There were only four walls left of the church in 1613. Renovation works were started in 1643 and 1699/1701.
Until the other side of the 17th century, the church’s architecture was simple: a two-sided building covered in red-tiled roofs, with small deep loops.
at the end of the 17th century, the bell hung on a willow mound next to the church. It wasn’t until 1699 that the master Vēde built the small Jomtgale Tower, so characteristic of the rural churches of the Vidzeme at the time, adorned with a bullet and a rooster. the 18th century built a teaching estate. The wider redevelopment took place in 1865.
in 1902-1905, a 46m tall, massive brick tower was built instead of a wooden tower, following the August Reinberg project. In World War I, the tower was shot, restored in 1924.
The Indrikis Chronicle mentions Kaupo was buried in Kubesele. According to the stories, it could be either outside Krimulda’s teaching estate or the Krimulda Church itself.
Sundays at 12.00 – Service of worship. Sunday school classes for children every Sunday during the service.