Religious Places — Changing Meanings. The Case of Saaremaa Island, Estonia

  • Taavi Pae
  • Egle Kaur


The reverence for places (e.g., religious sites) cherished by native people is increasingly being disturbed and replaced by more pragmatic notions and purposes, mostly connected to tourism. How does this change influence the identity of a place? In order to demonstrate the possible effect of such a turn, we looked at the example of churches on Saaremaa Island — the biggest island of Estonia, situated on the west coast (see Figure 1). We studied the ransformation of religious sites, from their symbolic roles in the past to their contemporary roles.


Native People Religious Conviction Sacred Site Cultural Geography Sacred Place 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Taavi Pae
    • 1
  • Egle Kaur
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of GeographyUniversity of TartuEstonia

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