Valmiera St. Simon's church

The church was built at the end of the 13th century, almost completely keeping its medieval looks. Several valuable art monuments can be found in the church: burial plaques (15–16th century), the Ladegast pipe organ (1886), a pulpit with paintings from 1730s. Starting from August 2019 guests can visit the bells and clock mechanism of the church. From the church tower you have a beautiful panoramic view on Valmiera.

St. Simon’s Church of Valmiera was built in 1283 and has largely retained its medieval appearance – the church is a mix between Romanesque and early Gothic style, but its Baroque tower was built in the middle of the 18th century.

As the church's location was consecrated and the foundation stone was laid on 28 October, Simon’s feast day, the church was named after this disciple of Christ.

Two stone cannonballs that once shattered the church have been built in the church’s northern wall as a reminder of the Livonian War. Whereas the chain fragment lying by the church’s entrance has come from a pillory where law offenders were punished up until the beginning of the 19th century.

The church tower exhibition hall hosts interesting expositions, while the tower observation deck offers an impressive view to the panorama of Valmiera.

Today the church is home to Lutheran congregation, even though it was a Catholic church for 300 years, and  served as a concert and exhibition hall in Soviet times.

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