Ruins of Bridgettine Convent

The history of the ruins rising above the banks of the Pirita River date back to 1407, when the largest nunnery in Old Livonia was founded here. The convent that got its name from St. Birgitta, who founded the mother convent in Sweden, survived in its original form until 1577, when the forces of Ivan the Terrible destroyed it.
At the end of the last century, several extensive excavation and conservation projects took place on the premises of the medieval convent.
The massive façade, walls, cellars and graveyard have survived until the present.
The beautiful ensemble of ruins, a popular concert venue in the summer, is managed by the sisters of the Bridgettine Order.

The history of the ruins rising above the banks of the Pirita River date back to 1407, when the largest nunnery in Old Livonia was founded here. The convent that got its name from St. Birgitta, who founded the mother convent in Sweden, survived in it

TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
Based on 203 reviews | Write a review
  • Peaceful place to visit

    It is a lovely peaceful place. Easy to reach (20 minutes) by bus from Viru Keskus. The stop is close to the entrance. If you are looking for a quiet peaceful place to stay outside of Tallinn, try the...

  • Worth stopping

    On a good weather you should not miss the ruins of the Pirita convent. The church has been huge! It is still an impressive sight although it has been in ruins for almost 450 years. It is worth the...

  • Beautiful ruins of a medieval monastery

    We were there on market day and were able to pick up some lovely. There was also an Estonian theatre group performing a play set in the mediaeval period. Thge group was also playing a number of...


Features and amenities
Share your photos by using #visitestonia