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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  • One of the top places to see in Tartu

    It is quite special - from the point of few of the history and architecture. It is well restored and I made some parallels with Luebeck, what I visited few days ago.

  • interesting

    An interesting, perhaps unique, example of Baltic Gothic church architecture, featuring dozens of pieces of terra cotta statuary in niches both inside and outside of the brick building. Church was...

  • Baltic brick gothic

    St. John or Janni church is fine example of Baltic brick gothic style from 14th century. Exterior is quite impresive and intersting but inside is very plan and simple without any decoration. Most...


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