St Mary’s Lutheran Church

Southern Estonia

Rõuge’s whitewashed stone church dates from 1730, replacing a 16th-century church destroyed in the Great Northern War. Inside, the focal point is the altar painting Christ on the Cross by Rudolf von zur Mülen (1854), framed by a neoclassical relief. Outside there's a monument to the local dead of the 1918–20 independence war, buried in a backyard throughout Soviet times to save it from destruction.

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