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Photo by: Paul Kuimet

Photo by: Paul Kuimet

Photo by: Paul Kuimet

TripAdvisor Traveler Rating

4.5

based on 398 reviews

Open/ Available

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+372 5887 5701

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Open since 1422, this curious little shop on Town Hall Square is in fact the oldest continuously running pharmacy in Europe.

Ten generations of the same family, the Burcharts, operated it from1581 to 1911. It was so famous in its day that the Russian tsar used to order medicines from here.

Remedies sold at the pharmacy in medieval times included snakeskin potion, mummy juice and powdered unicorn horn (for male potency). But this was also a place to buy everyday items like jam, tea, claret, gunpowder and, most importantly, marzipan. Marzipan was one of the pharmacy's best sellers, one that local legend insists was actually invented as a curative here in the 15th century.

The historic site still operates as a pharmacy today, selling modern products, but its side room houses an interesting display of 17th- to 20th-century medicinal bric-a-brac.

Open/ Available

Mon-Sat 10-18

Contact

revalirae@apotheka.ee

+372 5887 5701

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Child-friendly

 

Accessibility

No accessibility
  • accessibility is restricted
  • object is located on the second or higher floor, only steps for access
  • more than one person's help is needed for accessibility
10
Steps
  • number of steps above the symbol
TripAdvisor® Traveler Reviews

"Oldest Working Pharmacy"

4.5

June 2, 2018, by Jim d

I believe this is the oldest working pharmacy in Europe. Take a walk to the back of the pharmacy to see many of the ancient cures that were used. Fascinating. Definitely worth a visit!! Read more

"Charismatic"

4.5

May 12, 2018, by emr8

For all those whod love to learn about medicine how it was centuries ago. Though, be careful not to faint seeing embalmed humans hand :) Read more

"Oldest pharmacy"

4.5

May 10, 2018, by KatielouAustralia

This is Europes oldest continuously operating pharmacy and has been opened since 1422. Today it operates as both a museum and a pharmacy. Well worth a look. Read more

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