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Church of the Holy Spirit Puhavaimu Kirik
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Reviewed 10 May 2018

We arrived here when there was a service going on, so we were unable to enter. When we passed by later it was closed. This was a shame as I had wanted to see the Bernt Notke altarpiece and the decorated wooden galleries.

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank Lesley S
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Reviewed 10 May 2018

A 14th century white church and it is here where the first sermons were given in the Estonian language. The delightful facade clock is not to be missed.

Date of experience: April 2018
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Reviewed 29 April 2018

In common with many countries in continental Europe, most museums in Tallinn are closed on Mondays, and for many churches they are closed on Tuesdays too. This unusual historic church welcomes visitors throughout the week, for an entrance fee (apart from church services, which are of course free), of 1.50 euros. It is close to the main square in the old town, and I enjoyed my Monday visit so much that I returned with a camera on Tuesday. Not all churches allow photography but it is fine here.
The church is both simple and stuffed full with historic artefacts, including a stunning 16th century altarpiece, which the receptionist kindly suggested I could go behind the rope to see in greater detail.
There are two rather ricketty galleries, and you can climb the wooden spiral staircase to see the stained glass close up. This includes a small (but the largest surviving) collection of historic Estonian glass panels as well as stunning and unusual modern Estonian glass.
The church is Lutheran (protestant) but its interior is much more elaborate than might be expected in the United Kingdom, for example.As others have noted, it is used for concerts and I too heard an organ rehearsal.
I would warmly recommend a visit for anyone wanting an insight into one aspect of Estonian life in the past. As a contrast, the orthodox cathedral on the other side of the old town is also open on Mondays and Tuesdays.

Date of experience: April 2018
1  Thank Tiggy20
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Reviewed 2 April 2018

The mysterious place where you feel the spirit of the past. We heard the organ rehearsal, it was fantastic!

Date of experience: March 2018
1  Thank Sightsee419201
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Reviewed 18 March 2018

Very missable. Nothing much to see. Look more interesting from outside than from inside. The girl at the reception was very friendly and helpful.

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank TheGreatestNomad
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