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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  • 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

  • warboys warboys

    Interesting name

    Located in the old town, the building was not open when we were there. However we saw the door with the blackhead placed between the lions. The door was surprisingly low and people were keen to have...

  • KGB777 KGB777

    A pretty facade

    Interesting to stop here for a few minutes as you wander around the old town. A helpful plaque provides a brief summary of the history. Interior seemed to be closed when I was there.

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