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.

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

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  • There are good blackheads, who knew

    After a quick explanation about the history of this house. I was impressed with the history. I especially like the way they used to haul their stock up to the storage areas at the top of the house.

  • Important building covered in scaffolding

    When we visited Tallinn the building was covered in scaffolding so nothing to see inside and little outside. The entrance door however was still visible and impressive.

  • Historical building

    During a walk of the old town, we visited many awesome sights/sites. This building houses the professional association of ship owners, merchants, and foreigners. Of note is the green and red stripped...


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