St Catherine’s Orthodox Church

Western Estonia & the Islands

Built in 1768, this superb baroque church is named after Russian empress Catherine the Great, while also name-checking the early Christian martyr. If it's open, the gilded icons and interior fittings are suitably impressive.

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