House of Blackheads

The House of Blackheads is the only surviving Renaissance building in Tallinn. A residence probably existed at this location already in the 14th century.

The Brotherhood of Blackheads bought the property in the first half of the 16th century, when they also built a new hall without vaults.

A major reconstruction took place in 1597, when the façade was redesigned in the spirit of the Renaissance architecture from the Netherlands, 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.

National Registry of Cultural Monuments.


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  • RSpicer RSpicer

    a little history lesson

    When we got to the building our tour guide gave us a little history lesson about how the Brotherhood of the Blackheads originated. I believe it started with a group of foreign merchants that banded...

  • mjc404 mjc404

    Lovely old building

    This lovely old building stands in the main street and has a fascinating façade. The property in not open to the public but there is an informative plaque on the wall.

  • multi v multi v

    Lovely from the outside

    It is a lovely decorated building, but unfortumately it is not apoen to the public. In the Centre of Old tallinn is worth stopping to view the outside

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