Church of the Holy Spirit Puhavaimu Kirik

Church of the Holy Spirit Puhavaimu Kirik

Church of the Holy Spirit Puhavaimu Kirik
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Dating from the fourteenth century, this beautiful church boasts a splendid interior with a suspended pulpit, carved wooden pews and altar and the not-to-be-missed, azure-faced wall clock (circa 1684) on the outer wall.
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laczkozsu
Debrecen, Hungary1,170 contributions
May 2022
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.
Written 1 December 2022
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William S
Clinton, NJ338 contributions
Aug 2022
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 worth a 15-30 minute detour.
Written 1 November 2022
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Richard M
Hampstead Norreys, UK755 contributions
Jun 2022
What an amazing place. The old painted clock on the outside is incredible. The interiors take the brreathe away. it is not a large chuch but the carvings and paintings inside can match any museum. just stunning.
Written 25 June 2022
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midway42
Georgia3,014 contributions
May 2022
While there are several other churches in the Old Town that appear front-and-center in most guide books, this building with a plain, white washed exterior is a deceptive gem. I unknowingly passed by here probably a half dozen times before considering entrance. After paying a very reasonable entrance fee of 2 Euros, I was ushered inside by the cashier. I immediately realized I was alone and had the entire space to myself. I spent the next hour exploring both levels of the church including the altar, stained glass windows, choir, organ, and unique two-aisled nave. An organ performance the next evening rounded out the experience with pieces by Bach, Vasks, and Langlais.

My visit here was significant for two reasons. First, the importance of the church in Estonian history was notable as the title indicates; I also found out that the first extracts of the catechism published in Estonian were printed here in 1535. Second, the seclusion of the experience was, for lack of a more sophisticated word, special. Although this church doesn’t have the literal and figurative elevation of the Toompea duo (Niguliste and Dome churches) or the towering steeple of St. Olaf’s, it does appeal to those who prefer their religious moments in simpler terms.

A recommended visit, especially in the early morning when crowds and noise are at a minimum.
Written 26 May 2022
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PBTravelstheWorld
Lynden, WA398 contributions
Sep 2019
Wonderful church with a painted gallery that tell so many of the Bible stories! It was the end of the season so they were out of English language literature, but the painted gallery was amazing! Very nice alter piece too and the well worth a very nominal entrance fee.
Written 21 August 2020
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Eileen108
Mount Shasta, CA3,974 contributions
Aug 2019
It is worth the small 1.50 Euro entry fee to see the inside of this church from the early 1300s! There is interesting art from many hundreds of years ago, plus the fee helps the maintenance. I was in Tallinn on a 9-hour stopover on a Norwegian Getaway 9-day Baltic Cruise in August 2019. Rick Steves "Scandinavian & Northern European Cruise Ports" Guidebook was a great help and this church was part of the self-guided "Tallinn Walk" in the book.
Written 18 April 2020
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CalellaDePalafrugell
Loughborough, UK516 contributions
Mar 2020
There is a lovely atmosphere in this Church, which is steeped in history.

One evening I went there for a wonderful Bach concert, with Kristiina Hoidre on the organ and Kirill Lissijenko on the piano. There are regular free concerts, which are well worth attending.

I returned to the Church a couple of days later to look at it more closely.
Written 7 March 2020
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Scottloves2golf
Heber City, UT328 contributions
Feb 2020
It is amazing to think that not too many years ago all of these churches were property of the Soviet Union and there were no services being held here. We went in the middle of an organ practice and it was wonderful. I am so happy for the freedom of religion.
Written 15 February 2020
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Henry
Havant, UK535 contributions
Dec 2019 • Family
A very tasteful mainly carved wooden Lutheran church built in the 14th century. Came here for an organ concert, turned out the organist was away so were treated to the choir and piano instead. This really got us into the Christmas spirit, singing popular Christmas songs and traditional Estonian pieces. The overall atmosphere was great, just for €1.50 entry. Also the church was heated.
Written 27 December 2019
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Mike J
Chepstow, UK833 contributions
Nov 2019
The tall tower dominates this Lutheran Church which dates back to the 14th century and is only a stones throw from the old town square in Tallinn. There is an interesting old clock on the outer wall and some good stained glass windows.
Written 29 November 2019
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