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In the Estonian history of mediaeval buildings, the architectural monuments of Saaremaa, including churches, form one of the most valuable chapters as due to the very good building material, the easy to process dolomite, more fine details can be seen here than anywhere else.
There are seven unique mediaeval churches in Saaremaa, through which the island tells about the crooked history of religion. The churches are massive buildings, showing a simple architecture and having once been built for offering a sanctuary to everyone.
The pulpit of Muhu church is among the oldest ones in Saaremaa County. Rather uncharacteristic of the mediaeval building practice in Estonia, the signs of the building master have been used here. In Muhu church it is possible to see one of the two surviving in Estonia human shaped grave stones from the 12th-13th century period.
Püha church was built as a church-fortification and here one can see a special room built to accommodate pilgrims. The altar wall with its Rococo elements is almost a full copy of the altar of Riga Cathedral.
Mustjala Anna church has got its name not after the saint but after Anna Schestädt, the wife of the Danish vice governor who had a chapel built here in 1605 and which in 1863 was rebuilt into a church. The high spire of the church served an important landmark for seafarers. The design of the church shows both Gothic and Romanesque motifs.
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