Tartu St. John’s Church of the Estonian Evangelical Lutheran Church

Tartu St. John’s Church, which was built in the 14th century in the Gothic style, is one of the oldest in Estonia; moreover, it is unique in Europe due to its many original terracotta sculptures. Today, almost 1,000 terracotta sculptures survive, their age reaching nearly 700 years.

You are welcome to enjoy the spectacular views of the historical Old Town of Tartu from the viewing platforms of St. John’s Church; you can also visit the arts and crafts shop.

Entrance to the church is free of charge for individuals; for groups, the price of admission is €1 per person. We also organise excursions for groups!
Access to the viewing platform costs €2 per adult and €1.5 per pupil, student, and pensioner.

Tartu St. John’s Church, which was built in the 14th century in the Gothic style, is one of the oldest in Estonia; moreover, it is unique in Europe due to its many original terracotta sculptures. Today, almost 1,000 terracotta sculptures survive, the

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  • Don't miss the terracotta statues

    At first sight, the church is quite plain inside, however look up and look at the terracotta statues. Dating from 1330, the church was badly bombed in the Second World War and has been...

  • Cannot see the interest

    This church has nothing to offer, in our opinion. The outside is visually appealing, but the inside is totally stripped of everything. There are no artworks, no nice chapels, no visually appealing...

  • Impressive mixture of old and new.

    When I am abroad I like to visit churches. This is more beautiful at the outside whereas the inside is partly under renovation and missing still some components, giving it an "empty" impression.


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