Ruins of Bridgettine Convent

The history of the ruins rising above the banks of the Pirita River date back to 1407, when the largest nunnery in Old Livonia was founded here. The convent that got its name from St. Birgitta, who founded the mother convent in Sweden, survived in its original form until 1577, when the forces of Ivan the Terrible destroyed it.
At the end of the last century, several extensive excavation and conservation projects took place on the premises of the medieval convent.
The massive façade, walls, cellars and graveyard have survived until the present.
The beautiful ensemble of ruins, a popular concert venue in the summer, is managed by the sisters of the Bridgettine Order.

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  • BZ123 BZ123
    A trip to the past + a wildlife experience

    The ruins are nice, it must have been a huge church. However as we were walking around we met a (too?) friendly fox who was sunbathing on the ruins about 5m from us and did not bother us taking...

  • Jonas L Jonas L
    A must stop-by if you're driving past

    A 16th century monastery in ruins, airy and reminiscent of middle ages and even ancient times. Was told there's also occasional events here, which should be truly great in this medievl scenery...

  • red_mermaid red_mermaid
    Opera House in ruins of convent

    A provisional roof has been constructed on the ruins of the Pirita Klooster to prepare the venue for the Birgitta festival. Must have been hard to work in this improvised Opera House. Jevgeni Onegin...


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