"Steeples and spires" Tallinn Things to Do Tip by TheWanderingCamel

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  St Nicholas
by TheWanderingCamel

Lovers of old churches will be in heaven in Tallin - there really are some gorgeous churches here., many dating back to the 13th and 14th century. Look down from one of the viewpoints on Toompea and all around there are the tall spires and steeples of some of the loveliest churches you could wish to see anywhere. Most are beautifully simple, almost austere - it's really only the Russian Cathedral up on Toompea that presents an somewhat overly ornate picture with its onion domes and pink and white walls. Otherwise, Tallinn's churches are models of cool Northern sobriety and elegance - white, cream and soft grey stone topped with roofs and steeples of grey or green.
Most still are used as churches though the church in the main photo here was dedicated to St Nicholas when it was built in 1230. Now it is a concert hall and museum. - the Niguliste Muuseum-Kontsedisaal. Look closely and you can see the Nevsky Cathedral through the bare branches of the trees behind it.
Others to look out for are the 14th century Puhavaimu ( Church of the Holy Ghost) with its 17th century painted clock and a another, smaller, Russian Orthodox church, St Nicholas the Miracle-worker, built in the 1820s, in neo-classical style.

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  • Updated Nov 19, 2005
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