Niguliste Museum and Church. Bernt Notke's 'Dance of Death'

Museum located in St. Nicholas' Church (Niguliste) that was built in the 13th century is one of the few museums located in a sacral building.
Enjoy ecclesiastical art in its historical context! Here, you will find medieval gravestones, unique altars and Tallinn’s most famous work of art – a fragment of Bernt Notke’s painting, Danse Macabre. More than 500 years old, the painting depicts the world as seen through medieval eyes, but it remains topical even today. Originally up to 30 metres long, only the first part of the work - one of the most powerful depictions of the Christian world - is extant. Since the painting is not mentioned in the accounts of St Nicholas' church from 1465-1520, it is presumed that it was donated to the church by a wealthy individual or a guild.

In the Silver Chamber, which was opened in the vestry, it is possible to see displays of silverware that belonged to the guilds of the city and the church.
St. Nicholas' Church is a branch of the Art Museum of Estonia; its sacral art exhibition is the largest medieval and early modern ecclesiastical art collection in Estonia.

When booked beforehand, tours in Estonian or English for groups of up to 35 people are available.

Museum located in St. Nicholas' Church (Niguliste) that was built in the 13th century is one of the few museums located in a sacral building.
Enjoy ecclesiastical art in its historical context! Here, you will find medieval grave

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  • Compact museum with some very interesting objects

    Niguliste Church is not one of the art museums where you need hours or even days. But this quite compact museum has an exhibition with some of the most beautiful works of medieval art in all Europe...

  • Wonderful Medieval Art in Huge Church

    Really wonderful old church which is huge inside, and has so many interesting and intricate works of medieval art, including the "Dance of Death". I was lucky to come when they happened to be having...

  • Completely satisfactory

    Very interesting medieval church in Tallinn's old city. Lots of old religious art to look at. Well worth the visit.


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