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Iģenes evaņģēliski luteriskā baznīca

Iģene Evangelical Lutheran Church


Iģene church is one of those rare wooden churches that was built in the middle of then18th century and still successfully serves its primary purpose. The shape of the church, the planning and proportions are archaic, that means that the builders of the church followed the old woodcraft traditions.  The church was built on the expenses of Iģene landlord Alexander von Brincken. It is a single-aisle wooden log building planked with horizontally laid boards, with a polygonal apse, sacristy and a projected square bell tower with polygonal spire. The building was repaired in 1877 and 1932. In 1996-2004 a great overhaul wasn done – the foundations of the church were consolidated, the constructions of the log walls were restored, the church obtained a new tile roof and new windows, its tower was renovated.

The restoration of the interior still continues. Several valuable pieces of furnishing have survived, for example, the altar (1752) and the pulpit; both were unsuccessfully painted in 1932. During the restoration while cleaning off the upper coat of the paint, paintings were found. Judging by these paintings the pulpit and the altar are presumed to be older than the church itself. The door lock fittings (18th century) and the vane in the shape of a rooster on the top of the wooden spire (1757) are original decorative elements of the church.