KAMBJA is a small borough (Estonian : alevik) in
Tartu County ,
Estonia . It is the administrative centre of
Kambja Parish .
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Kambja Church burned down several times, but was always rebuilt. The
first mention of
Kambja and the church at its present location dates
to as early as 1330. After the first fire in 1558, it took 84 years to
rebuild the church. Again was it destroyed in 1704 during the Great
Northern War . Renovation were finished in 1721 and those walls are
the basis for the present building. In 1874 an extension was built;
there were ten thousand members in the parish around that time. In
1937 a new northern tower with staircases was built.
World War II
World War II , on August 19, 1944, the church was bombed by
the invading Russian troops. The new Soviet regime did not allow the
church to be rebuilt and the congregation was forced to close.
The church remained in ruins until 1987, when the times started to
change and on the initiative of Ivar Tedrema, the state farm director
at that time, and with the help of school principal Madis Linnamägi,
Toivo Traksmaa and many others, the renovation began.
The congregation was re-established in 1994.
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