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Sv. Jānis Church

One of the oldest and mightiest sacred buildings in Latvia. From its tower you can observe the panorama of Cēsis.

St. Jānis Church is one of the oldest medieval architectural monuments and one of the oldest sacred buildings in Latvia.

The church was consecrated in 1284, but its tower, from which you can observe the panorama of the city of Cesis, was built in 1853.

The church has been a Livonian Order's Dome, and Order Masters, clerics and knights buried in there, thus there you can see one of the largest collections of tombstones in Latvia.

The church also has an impressive organ, which is one of the largest Latvian historical concert organs, and the altarpiece, which was dran by outstanding Estonian artist Johann Keller. 

The church is decorated with colorful stained glass windows showing the Livonian Order, Vidzeme province, city of Cēsis and coats of arms of the Order of the Sword. The light passes through the stained glass of the church and creates a special mood.

The church has experienced many historic events and epochs. It was both Catholic and Lutheran parish. The church was damaged in wars and fires. It served as a horse stable during the Livonian War.

St. Jānis Church currently is a place of Lutheran worships, world-known choral and organ music concerts and music festivals. In the tower of the church you can see exhibitions.


During the visit of the church it is possible to donate

Additional services

  • In the church, it is possible to apply for guided tours in advance by calling tel.: +371 26617366. The interior of the church can be observed only in warm season – from May to October.
  • The church can also be observed with other attractions in the old town of Cēsis durin a tour organized by Cēsis Castle Visitor Centre by previous arrangement (address: Pils laukums 9, Cēsis; tel.: + 371 64121815; + 371 26576111; e-mail: pils@cesis.lv).

For your convenience

  • Free parking at the intersection of Pils and Lielās streets (on weekdays you can leave your car for 1 h from 8:00 till 18:00 (use a parking disc or write the time of arrival on paper and put it in the windshield), at other times – parking is not limited).
  • WC
  • Accessibility for people with reduced mobility (except for the tower).


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