The Cathedral of Saint Mary the Virgin in Tallinn

The Cathedral of Saint Mary the Virgin in Tallinn (also known as the Dome Church) was first mentioned in records in 1233. It was dedicated to the Virgin Mary seven years later.

Worthy of attention inside the church are the gravestones from the 13th-18th centuries and the coat of arms epitaphs dating from the 17th-20th centuries.

The most famous people to be buried in the church include renowned Swedish military officer Pontus De la Gardie; his wife, Swedish King Johann III's daughter Sophia Gyllenhelm; Admiral Samuel Greigh; and Admiral Adam Johan von Krusenstern - the first man to lead a Russian round-the-world voyage.

Tickets to the tower cost €5 (discounted tickets: €3).

Prayers with organ music each Wednesday at 17:00 (free to attend)

Organ music on Saturdays from 12:00-12:30 (donation of €2 gratefully accepted)


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  • mjc404 mjc404

    Top of the hill

    We were uncertain whether there was a fee to see inside this church but it appears that you can go inside but if you want to explore the whole church then a fee is payable. All the interior walls are...

  • Richard T Richard T

    A Lutheran cathedral - formerly catholic

    The cathedral overlooks the town and was originally Catholic, so the very ornate interior has been 'simplified' - but very much worth a visit. Good views over the town and if you really want to you...

  • olivermccann olivermccann

    Oldest in Tallinn

    This Lutheran church claims to be the oldest church in Tallinn and was founded by the Danes in 1219. It has undergone many changes over the years and was rebuilt after a fire in 1684. The organ loft...

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