House of the Blackheads
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The House of the Brotherhood of Black Heads is the only surviving Renaissance building in Tallinn. A residence probably existed at this location already in the 14th century. The Brotherhood of Black Heads bought the property in the first half of the 16th century, when then also built a new vault-less hall. A major reconstruction took place in 1597, when the façade was redesigned in the spirit of the Renaissance architecture from the Low Countries, with its rich ornamentation and carved decorations. One of Tallinn’s most eye-catching painted doors dates from the 1640s. The Two-nave, arched guildhall bought from the Olav Guild dates from the 15th century.
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Richard M
Hampstead Norreys, UK733 contributions
The front of the building is incredible and historic. The painted carvings are amazing and well worth a stop. The interiors are pretty plain to be honest and the philharmonic orchestra give concerts there.
Written 26 June 2022
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Roger G
Amsterdam, The Netherlands343 contributions
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Having been to Riga a few times I don't know how we missed this attraction. The best part is you can sit on the chairs and really look at the paintings and architecture. Spread over 3 floors it gives the history of Latvia and how over the centuries this nation has been invaded and recovered each time. You can easily imagine dining in one of the many halls and enjoy the pomp and ceremony it has offered to the local dignitaries over the years.
Incredible it has been restored from a devastating fire last century.
Written 9 May 2022
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PBTravelstheWorld
Lynden, WA398 contributions
Another architectural gem that you need to stop outside and really study the front. There is a short write up about the building that is posted outside the door that gives all the history and a bit about the Brotherhood.
Written 21 August 2020
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axola2009
Bilbao, Spain132 contributions
Solo
One of the most icónics buildings in Riga, it’s worth a visit. Although it is usually crowded, it’s worth a visit.
Written 11 August 2019
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wendyanddavid536
Solihull, UK2,023 contributions
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A lovely building in the centre of the Old Town, the House of the Blackheads was closed when we were there, but there is a board outside explaing its history and that of the Tallinn Brotherhood of Blackheads, established in 1399.
Fabulous red, green and gold door.
Written 21 July 2019
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Dan2014
Cardiff, UK138 contributions
Great to see from the outside but I don’t think it’s worth the money it cost to go inside. Does provide you with background to the use of the building and the Blackheads and you get too see the main hall.
Written 14 July 2019
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June A
Surrey, UK2,438 contributions
Solo
This is somewhat smaller and less ornate to its better known Riga counterpart, but the building served the same function nevertheless as headquarters for the organisation which bears its name. Although it is not open to the public, it is worth a stop no doubt to take a picture.
Written 14 October 2018
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George
Nicosia, Cyprus1,929 contributions
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Nice place for taking pictures in front of the excellent decorative door and where concerts are performed.
Written 8 September 2018
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MK_in_VT
Burlington, VT406 contributions
This central structure, completely destroyed by German, then Russian bombing in/after WW2, has been restored in detail and offers a fascinating glimpse into medieval culture, with a twist. The House was and is really a social benevolent club, started by a group of male traders as early as 1500AD who, as our guide said; traveled afar, were not married, had opulent tastes and curated wealth and art in honor of St Maurice, an important and venerated black man in early Christianity. Am I the ONLY person to think this was an early gay mens club? Color me wrong, bit the parallells are fascinating. DO go visit, it is a lovely destination. Tallinn is such a cool city.
Written 20 July 2018
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WW_Traveller023
Kirrawee, Australia1,790 contributions
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The Brotherhood of the Blackheads is an association of local unmarried merchants, ship owners, and foreigners in Estonia and Latvia. It was founded as a military organization but the non-military aspects of the association gradually became more pronounced until the Brotherhood became a predominantly social organization. This was their meeting place in Tallinn.
Written 2 July 2018
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