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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
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  • Great expreince

    Very unusual place. Very secluded, peaceful and beautiful. Close to the yacht club and the beach (to get to which you can go through a small forest).

  • Historically IMportant Ruins

    I had a chance to install a sound installation here and so, I am particularly taken by the Pirita Klooster. A Bus will drop you close by and it is NOT an all day site (and not a one day have to see...

  • Great remains of medieval monastery

    In 1407, two monks from the Vadstena Abbey arrived to Tallinn to counsel the merchants. First permit to break dolomite to gather building material for building the complex was acquired in 1417...


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