Church of the Holy Spirit in Tallinn

Built in the 14th century with timber interior and a hexagonal tower, the bright white Church of the Holy Spirit is one of the oldest and finest structures in Tallinn. Before entering the church, take a look at the façade with a clock that has been measuring time since the 17th century. The treasures inside include a unique altar created by Berndt Notke in the 15th century and the pulpit built in 1597.

In medieval times, it was the main sanctuary for commoners. After the Reformation, the first Estonian sermons instead of German ones were held here, and Johann Koell's Catechism, written by the pastor of the church and published in 1535, is considered the first book in Estonian.

Built in the 14th century with timber interior and a hexagonal tower, the bright white Church of the Holy Spirit is one of the oldest and finest structures in Tallinn. Before entering the church, take a look at the façade with a cloc

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  • A little disappointed

    We arrived here when there was a service going on, so we were unable to enter. When we passed by later it was closed. This was a shame as I had wanted to see the Bernt Notke altarpiece and the...

  • Facade Clock

    A 14th century white church and it is here where the first sermons were given in the Estonian language. The delightful facade clock is not to be missed.

  • Unusually beautiful church open on Mondays and Tuesdays when most others are closed

    In common with many countries in continental Europe, most museums in Tallinn are closed on Mondays, and for many churches they are closed on Tuesdays too. This unusual historic church welcomes...


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