Velēna Ev.Lutheran Church

A Neogothic style church built of fieldstone. The interior still retains its 19th century Gothic furnishings, and the visitors can enjoy the organ built in 1898 by the Sauer firm.

  • Velēna Ev.Lutheran Church
  • Photo: From the Gulbene TIC archive

The present-day church rises in the location where a number of its predecessors have stood since the year 1600. The first of those is said to have been a timber structure with a turf roof, and that's where the village draws its name from: Velēna is Latvian for "turf". The construction of the present church started in 1896, and on 2 August 1898 the building was consecrated. The church was built of fieldstone, under the management of master builder J.Brauns. Its interior still retains the original 19th century Gothic style furnishings – the altar, the pulpit, and the organ façade.

The building accommodates a permanent exposition on the history of the church and the congregation.

57.241257, 26.403837
  • Languages spoken: 
    • Latvian
    • Russian
  • Admission fee: 
    For donations
  • Payment methods: 
    • Cash
  • Exhibitions
  • Guide service available
  • Themed events
Amenities and Features: 
  • Free parking
  • WC
Working Hours: 

By a prior arrangement.

Extra information: 
Last updated: 09.09.2014