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

Tartu St. John's Church, which was built in the 14th century in 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 about 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.

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 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 a

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  • Little different. Pretty neat.

    Old church (1200-1300). Free to enter. A euro to take photos. Interesting terra-cotta sculptures throughout. All brick structure which is just beautiful. You can see how the ground has settled as...

  • A unique example of medieval brick architecture

    This church is the oldest one in Tartu. Built in the 13th century from red bricks. Famous for its unique terracotta sculptures. Has been restored well after world war II and is still a actively...

  • Important architectural monument

    Saint John's church is the main architectural monument in Tartu. Probably the most interesting medieval building in Baltic.


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