Peapiiskopi Kirik

Peapiiskopi Kirik, Tallinn

Peapiiskopi Kirik
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Located on top of Cathedral Hill, this historic church has served as a burial place for noble families since the 13th century.
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Paul R
Bristol, UK35 contributions
Didn’t go in
Aug 2020
They wanted 2 euros entry fee and I I object to paying to visit a Church - Jesus said freely you have received and so freely give. Ask for donations instead.
Written 28 August 2020
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Eileen108
Mount Shasta, CA3,573 contributions
Beautiful Coats of Arms & Fantastic View from Roof
Aug 2019
A wonderful church, established before 1233 and repeatedly rebuilt. There are more than 100 Coat of Arms, made in memorial to dead people, which are wonderfully colorful and intricately designed. It was fun to hike up to the roof which had fantastic views all around! I was in Tallinn on a 9-hour stopover on a Norwegian Getaway 9-day Baltic Cruise during mid-August 2019. I had a 'Tallinn Card', which covered most sights. Rick Steves "Scandinavian & Northern European Cruise Ports" Guidebook was a great help and this sight was part of the self-guided "Tallinn Walk" in the book.
Written 24 April 2020
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Jondoe
6 contributions
Couldn't get in
Jan 2020
Sadly it was closed, hence the 'poor' rating. Outside was OK, nice piazza and easy to take in on a self-guided tour as on the way from/to other things.
Written 21 January 2020
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Linda B
Raleigh, NC2,203 contributions
Loved it! Well worth a visit!
Jul 2019
It was established by the Danes in the 13th century and is the oldest church in Tallinn as well as mainland Estonia. It was the only building in the upper town that survived a 17th century fire. It's worth it to see all the elaborate funereal coats of arms from the 17th to the 20th centuries as well as burial stones from the 13th to the 18th centuries.
Written 7 November 2019
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DerAlteBach
Sydney, Australia783 contributions
Fascinating interior
Jul 2019
St. Mary's Cathedral (now affiliated with the Estonian Evangelical Lutheran Church) is well worth visiting.

The panoply of aristocratic coats of arms decorating the walls of this church reflects centuries of one-upmanship in Tallinn. Each noble family tried to outdo the others with respect to the size and the placement of their escutcheon. It's not often that the decoration of a church is amusing.
Written 6 November 2019
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Davidjellis
Lowestoft, UK7,771 contributions
Unusual church in upper Tallinn with Coats of Arms and a viewing tower
Aug 2019
This church is known as St Mary's Cathedral, but locally the full name is Neitsi Maarja Piiskoplik Toomkirik, and is located close to the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral. This church looks a little plain on the outside compared to the better known cathedral, however all the delights are on the inside.

Our guide explained that this church has the largest display of Coats of Arms of any church in the world, and it was nice to spend a little time taking in the sights and listening to the impressive organ being played, which certainly added some atmosphere to our visit.

Unlike the Nevsky cathedral, inside this one you can take photos and video. The church also has a viewing tower that offers spectular views over the city, but sadly we didn't have enough time to do that.

If you are visiting the upper old town it is well worth taking time to explore this interesting church.
Written 2 November 2019
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KPfeff
Dallas275 contributions
Tower was Closed due to Wind
Sep 2019
I visited the church on a week day shortly after it first opened at 9 am. There were few other tourists. The interior is unique with the family wall hangings as discussed in other reviews. As St. Olaf is closed for renovation, I was really looking forward to climbing the tower here for the views over the city. Unfortunately, the tower was closed due to wind. The only other place I could find to climb was the Town Hall Tower, which isn't as high.
Written 17 September 2019
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Ian C
London, UK23,970 contributions

The relatively plain exterior gives little hint of what you will find inside.
Sep 2019 • Couples
The Danes probably built a church on Toompea Hill in Tallinn after their conquest of 1219. The current Lutheran Cathedral of Saint Mary the Virgin in Tallinn has its origins from 1240, though the tall Gothic building we see today dates primarily from the early 14th century, with the tower and baroque spire completed in 1779.

The interior was destroyed in a fire in 1684; after which the church was restored and the joinery was replaced, particularly the richly-carved pulpit and altar, while the organ dates from 1914 and happily was being played when we visited.

I would love to know what the projecting structure is opposite the pulpit. Was this for rich benefactors to use like the Royal Box in a theatre?

The walls are covered in a riot of coats of arms dating from the 17th to the 20th century.
Written 17 September 2019
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Zane Z
Riga, Latvia258 contributions
Nice view
Aug 2019 • Couples
The entrance is free with Tallinn card. Tha church is located on the top of the hill. Iside you can find some wooden arms of coat and other relics but the best thing here is the tower and view from it.
Written 8 September 2019
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Barold
Guildford, UK202 contributions
Inside a bit weird but view from the tower fantastic
Aug 2019
Lots of huge carved coats-of-arms on the walls inside give this a bit of an odd feel but go up the tower (€5 and hard work) for great views of the old town
Written 19 August 2019
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