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Displaying a blend of architectural styles, Church of the Holy Spirit Puhavaimu Kirik houses a famous 17th-century clock, which is one of the most popular historical sites in the city. The angular, gabled facade, and unusual octagonal tower, showcase some of the church's numerous modifications since its construction in the 1200s. As you wander the aisles and naves, admire the wealth of religious artwork, including 15th-century painted panels, depictions of Biblical scenes, and a memorial to British soldiers who fought in the Baltic during World War I. Keep an eye out for the diverse building techniques, such as the Gothic-style windows and vaulted ceilings. Don't forget to visit the iconic clock, which is ornately carved and decorated. Plan my trip to Tallinn with suggested itineraries provided by Klarna Trips.
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Its unassuming size and place in the town belies its importance as it was here that the very first sermons were given in the Estonian language after the Reformation, and where i believe the church's..... more
Its unassuming size and place in the town belies its importance as it was here that the very first sermons were given in the Estonian language after the Reformation, and where i believe the church's..... more »
We passed by it several times because it’s near the main square in The Old Town. It’s from 14th century. It has plain white walls outside but also an interesting painted clock. It’s worth a visit.
We passed by it several times because it’s near the main square in The Old Town. It’s from 14th century. It has plain white walls outside but also an interesting painted clock. It’s worth a visit. more »
Having experienced most of our travel in Western Europe, the US and Asia, we found the interior of this church quite attractive and engaging. The altar, pulpit, choir and layout were unique and...
Having experienced most of our travel in Western Europe, the US and Asia, we found the interior of this church quite attractive and engaging. The altar, pulpit, choir and layout were unique and... more »
Stunning little church with beautiful interior especially the woodwork. Really well maintained with a €2 entry fee. Photography allowed/no flash.
The 13th-century Holy Spirit Church (or Holy Ghost Church) is one of the most attractive churches in Tallinn. A small Gothic building with stepped gables, the church served as the Town Hall chapel before becoming the principal church of Tallinn’s Estonian-speaking population. Its whitewashed exterior and stepped gable are topped by a striking Baroque tower. The ornate clock set into the wall above the entrance, with carvings dating from the late 17th century, is Tallinn’s oldest public clock. The interior of the church is as spectacular as its exterior and features a treasure trove of religious artifacts and architecture. The Holy Spirit Church holds a particularly special place in Estonian history as the first Estonian-language catechisms were formulated here in 1535 following the Reformation.
SOUVENIR TIPP: get the parking clock, modelled after Tallinn's oldest clock located at the church walls outside. My opinion: Of all the churches in town, this is the one I would visit. (Now that Niguliste is closed, anyway) Entry costs 2 Euros (1 for students), and it is absolutely worth it. The ⛪️ was originally catholic, but like most churches here, changed to Lutherean in the 1530s. Since it had a special position in Old Tallinn (located in between the town hall square and the great guild hall), it was regularly frequented by rich, German merchants and nobility, who commissioned the many paintings you can see all over the wooden side panels (according to the church guide). The altarpiece is by Bernd Notke's atelier (=famour German master from Luebeck), and a remnant of its Catholic oast. It is exquisitely beautiful. The stunning glass windows are new, from the 1980s, by a reknowned Estonian lady artist (whose name I was told, but forgot). Only 2 Windows next to the altar seem refurbished after the original. Go see it. It's worth your 💰.
Interesting Lutheran church. Of course, like most protestant churches, is pretty simple and not decorated. Worth a visit if you're in Tallinn
Don't just take a photo of an astonishing 17th century clock on the outside. Interior of this church is beautiful as well: stained glass windows, paintings along the internal balkony and wooden details are definitely worth your time. Also, there are free (donations) organ music concerts on Monday evenings.
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