"Dominican Monastery Museum" Tallinn Things to Do Tip by brazwhazz

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  Museum yard on a rainy day
by brazwhazz

Tallinn has a Dominican Monastery which dates back to 1246. Destroyed by anti-Catholic rioters in 1524, it nevertheless has some sections still standing which can now be visited.

We were delightfully surprised by the Monastery Museum, with its pieces of medieval stonemasonry, information about "ettics" (thick stones used to decorate the entrance of houses) and impossibly old corridors.

This led us to visit the Monastery Claustrum the next day, but it turned out to be rather disappointing compared to the museum. The only "guide" available was an old Russian woman who spoke very little English, which would have been OK had there been any information available anywhere.

We were in and out of the claustrum in about 5 minutes. Fortunately, we did not have to pay the rather steep 45 EEK entrance fee to the claustrum, since it was free with our Tallinn Card! While it also costs 45 EEK to visit the museum (free with the Tallinn Card as well), at least you can learn something about the history of Tallinn.

If a rainstorm breaks out, you can do much worse than hide out at the Dominican Monastery Museum (which is how we came to discover it in the first place).

Address: Vene 16 (Museum) and Müürivahe 33 (Claustrum)
Directions: The Museum and Claustrum are lined up back-to-back; you will have to head north and take Munga, the small street that connects Vene and Müürivahe, to go from one to the other.

A dalmatian dog points the way to the Museum on Vene.

Website: http://www.hot.ee/kloostri (Museum)

Review Helpfulness: 4 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Jul 5, 2005
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