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

Jaani tänav 5, Tartu linn, Tartu

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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.

Times and prices

Tuesday–saturday: 12:00 - 17:00
Monday, sunday closed

01.09–31.05

Tuesday–saturday: 12:00 - 17:00
Monday, sunday closed

  • Free of charge

  • Free of charge

Features and amenities
  • Wheelchair access

Getting there

The church is a 5-minute walk from the Tartu Town Hall Square. Walk along Rüütli Street from the Town Hall Square towards the Botanical Garden of the University of Tartu. The destination will be on your left.

Access
  • Signposted
  • Sealed access road
  • By excursion bus
  • By public transport
  • By car
Stops nearby
Bus: Lai
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PBTravelstheWorld

PBTravelstheWorld

Baltic Brick Gothic and over 200 terracotta faces - a must see!

Great church made of brick part of the Baltic Brick Gothic Churches (mainly in Baltic states, Poland, Germany, Denmark). These churches and areas are all associated with the Hanseatic League and the...

Mike J

Mike J

Well restored

This is on first appraisal a fairly nondescript building which although originally built in the 14th century is in fact quite modern as it suffered severe damage during the 2nd World War and has been...

Ian C

Ian C

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...

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