"The Brotherhood of Black Heads" House of the Blackheads Tip by call_me_rhia

House of the Blackheads, Tallinn: 18 reviews and 41 photos


The most photographed door in Tallinn is a 1640 bright red, green and gold door which is located at Pikk 26; it?s the door belonging to the historic home of the Brotherhood of Black Heads. But who were the Black Heads? It was a guild of unmarried (mostly German) merchants and ship captains who chose St. Maurice as their patron, and St. Maurice was a black African moor ? hence the name Black Heads. A profile of his head is pictured on the Brotherhood's coat of arms, and you can see it on top of the door as well.

The Brotherhood of Black Heads guild must have been quite popular in Estonia and Latvia, as they used to possess buildings in more than 20 towns, including Tartu, Pärnu and Riga (right on the main square!!!). The house can be visited every day 10-19 except during concerts and other events.

Address: Pikk 26
Directions: The Old Town. Have a piece of cake at famous Maiasmokk, and then walk a little further north along Pikk - you'll soon see the colourful door to your right.
othercontact: info@mustpeademaja.ee
Phone: 372 631 3199
Website: http://www.mustpeademaja.ee/eng/enkokku.html

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Sep 21, 2010
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