Kolila

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Kolila
Village
Ridala church in Kolila village
Ridala church in Kolila village
Country Estonia
CountyLääne County
ParishRidala Parish
Time zoneUTC+2 (EET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+3 (EEST)

Kolila is a village in Ridala Parish, Lääne County, in western Estonia.

Ridala Church[edit]

Ridala Church in Kolila village is considered one of the most interesting churches in Lääne County, Estonia. It dates from the second half of the 13th century, with the tower added around 1500. In the 18th century, one of the vaults collapsed and a heavy buttress added on the western wall, to compensate the weight distribution. The church still retains its archaic, medieval atmosphere. The main west portal is finely sculpted and decorated with a sculpture of St. Mary Magdalene, one of the oldest surviving sculptures in Estonia. Inside, medieval mural painting survive, as do the noteworthy altar, triumphal cross and pulpit, which however all are of later date. Adjacent to the church is the graveyard with some of the graves dating from the 13th century.[1][2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Viirand, Tiiu (2004). Estonia. Cultural Tourism. Kunst Publishers. pp. 113–114. ISBN 9949-407-18-4.
  2. ^ "Ridala Church". Visit Estonia. Retrieved 6 February 2013.


Coordinates: 58°52′N 23°36′E / 58.867°N 23.600°E / 58.867; 23.600