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Cathedral of Saint Mary the Virgin (Dome Church)

Photo by: Paul Kuimet
Cathedral of Saint Mary the Virgin (Dome Church)
Photo by: Paul Kuimet
Cathedral of Saint Mary the Virgin (Dome Church)
Photo by: Paul Kuimet
Cathedral of Saint Mary the Virgin (Dome Church)
Photo by: Paul Kuimet
Cathedral of Saint Mary the Virgin (Dome Church)
Photo by: Paul Kuimet
Cathedral of Saint Mary the Virgin (Dome Church)

Cathedral of Saint Mary the Virgin (Dome Church)

Sightseeing

TripAdvisor Traveler Rating

4.5

based on 623 reviews

Open/ Available
01.01-30.03; 01.11-31.12 Tue-Sun 10-16; Sat-Sun 9-16
01.04-30.04 Tue-Fri 10-17; Sat-Sun 9-17
01.05-31.05; 01.09-30.09 Mon-Sun 9-17
01.06-31.08 Mon-Sun 9-18
01.10-31.10 Tue-Sun 9-16
Fees  
Ticket 2.00€
Location (map)  
Toom-Kooli tn 6, Tallinn Old Town  

Distance from:
Contact tallinna.toom@eelk.ee +372 644 4140
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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
3
Steps
  • number of steps above the symbol

Cathedral of Saint Mary the Virgin (Dome Church)

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The medieval church that stands at the centre of Toompea hill is one of the country's most fascinating historic attractions.

Established sometime before 1233 and repeatedly rebuilt since, the church displays a mix of architectural styles. Its vaulted main body dates to the 14th century, while its Baroque tower was an addition from the late 1770s.

Historically this was the church of Estonia's elite German nobles, a fact that becomes clear once you step through the doors. The interior is filled with elaborate funereal coats of arms from the 17th to the 20th centuries as well as burial stones from the 13th to the 18th centuries. Among the notables buried here are Pontus de la Gardie, who commanded Swedish forces during the Great Northern War, Adam Johann von Krusenstern, the Baltic-German admiral who led Russia's first expedition around the world, and Scottish-born Admiral Samuel Greig of Fife, rumoured to be Catherine the Great's lover.

Christian Ackermann, one of the most skilful and renowned woodcarvers in 17th - 18th century, made the pulpit (1686) and the altar (1694-1696).

Just inside the main entrance you'll find a large stone slab which reads, "Otto Johann Thuve, landlord of Edise, Vääna and Koonu Ehis grave, 1696 A.D." Thuve, now sometimes referred to as "Tallinn's Don Juan", was an incurable drinker and womaniser. As he lay dying, he asked to be buried here at the threshold of the church so that God-fearing people, as they kneel to pray upon entering, might eventually cleanse his soul.

In addition to seeing the church's amazing interior, visitors can opt to climb the 69-metre, Baroque bell- tower for amazing views of the city.

Mass every Sunday at 11am, midweek prayer with organ on Wednesdays at 5pm (free entrance), organ recital on Saturdays at 12pm (donation required).

Visiting the church requires a donation. For the tower, check the posted ticket price.
Entrance to both the church and the tower is restricted at the time of worship services and concerts.

Open/ Available
01.01-30.03; 01.11-31.12 Tue-Sun 10-16; Sat-Sun 9-16
01.04-30.04 Tue-Fri 10-17; Sat-Sun 9-17
01.05-31.05; 01.09-30.09 Mon-Sun 9-17
01.06-31.08 Mon-Sun 9-18
01.10-31.10 Tue-Sun 9-16
Fees  
Ticket 2.00€
Location (map)  
Toom-Kooli tn 6, Tallinn Old Town  

Distance from:
Contact tallinna.toom@eelk.ee +372 644 4140
Information More
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
3
Steps
  • number of steps above the symbol
TripAdvisor® Traveler Reviews

“Not a lot to see but great views”

4.5

July 19, 2017, by happyholidays8

Although entry is free there is a fee to ascend the tower where magnificent views of the Old Town can be seen. Points of interest in the interior can be covered quickly Read more

 

“Its worth the few $$ to keep your kids on-side”

4.5

July 13, 2017, by Familyof4_2Boys2014

The majority - vast majority of tour groups walk in the front door, shuffle through the barricaded area and right back out. Once you manage to get through them, pay the few Euros to actually walk... Read more

 

“Atmospheric church with lots of historical interest”

4.5

July 12, 2017, by SFTWigan

This whitewashed Cathedral-church on the top of the hill looks plain and simple from the outside, but has lots of character on the inside. The building is very old, the seating is traditional box-pew... Read more

 
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