The Lutheran church of Linde–Birzgale: investigation of cultural historical value, destroyed in soviet period

Keywords: history of Latvian architecture and art, cultural heritage, investigation of rural culture historical environment
Language: In Latvian

The rich heritage of Latvian sacral architecture and art demands increasingly in-depth summarisation, investigation and inventory of new data and materials as well as popularisation. Studies of recently lost values are of special importance, and thus attention should be paid to
the events of the 1950s–1970s, when churches were ravaged and their equipment destroyed with the permission of the Soviet power. This article reflects all available information about the lost Lutheran Church of Linde, Birzgale civil parish, its architecture, history, persons associated with it and values of sacral art. Exploration of the church shows that in 1965 an outstanding 18th century monument of wooden secular art perished, significant cultural historical and artistic values were destroyed — an ensemble of the abovementioned time period. Already in 1932, the church with its equipment was taken under state protection, similarly as it was in Apriķi, Lestene, Turaida and  elsewhere.