Cathedral and Baptismal Chapel

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Haapsalu, Estonia
Cathedral and Baptismal Chapel - Cathedral, interior
Cathedral and Baptismal Chapel - Cathedral, interior
Cathedral and Baptismal Chapel - Cathedral
Cathedral and Baptismal Chapel - Vault in the baptismal chapel
Cathedral and Baptismal Chapel - Baptismal font
Cathedral and Baptismal Chapel - Baptismal chapel with the font and the memorial to the mothers martyrs

Cathedral and Baptismal Chapel Haapsalu Reviews

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Cathedral and Baptismal Chapel Jan 25, 2017
Haapsalu's gothic cathedral is located within the castle walls. It is a rather plain and archaic gothic church with one single nave covered by enormous wide vaults without any supporting pillars. This feature makes it special, it is said to be the largest single-nave church in the Baltics (superlatives are popular everywhere).

Because of its good acoustics the church is often used for concerts and recordings.

Access into the cathedral from the inner courtyard of the castle through the museum (entrance fee).

The cathedral has a side chapel which serves as baptistery. Usually this chapel is only mentioned in connection with Haapsalu's favourite ghost, the White Lady. But there is more to it.

The chapel is round, with a simple gothic vault and three windows. The baptismal font is standing in the middle. The stone font is dated 1631. Inscriptions are in German, two verses from the bible - a remain of German Lutheran culture in Estonia.

The modern statue on the altar, depicting a mother holding her child, is not meaning the Virgin Mary but a memorial devoted to the mothers martyrs of Estonia: the Estonian women who were deported to Siberia by Stalin's regime.
Cathedral, interior
Baptismal chapel with the font and…
Cathedral, interior
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