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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  • Billythefish1 Billythefish1

    On top of Toompea Hill

    The Dome church is quite spectacular from outside. Slightly over shadowed by the Cathedra but worth a visit.


    Impressive views from the top

    Cool interior, and well worth paying the little extra (or using your very handy Tallinn City card if you have one), to take the long winding stone staircase all the way to the top, and admire the...

  • niinan2 niinan2

    Nice view

    Well I liked it! There are interesting coat of arms in the church walls. There is also a possibility to climb to the tower from where opens quite nice views to Tallinn Old town. The stairway is a...

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