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4.0

based on 69 reviews

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info@mustpeademaja.ee

+372 669 9946

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Restricted accessibility
  • doors width less than 70 cm
  • threshold or step hight more than 4 cm
  • gradient of ramp over 10%
2
Steps
  • number of steps above the symbol
16cm
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  • one step outside the entrance door
  • height under 13 cm
  • height in cm above the symbol

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The entrance is through a narrow door (60 cm). The hall on the first floor is accessible. Steep staircases lead to the Olevi hall. No accessible toilet in the building.

House of the Brotherhood of Black Heads

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This beautiful, Renaissance-style guild hall is truly a star among Old Town's architectural treasures.

Just one look at the hall from the outside, especially its intricately-decorated, red, green and gold door, is enough to explain why it's a regular feature on every Tallinn postcard stand. The interior is also a must-see.

This was the historic home of the Brotherhood of Black Heads, a medieval guild made up of young, single merchants and foreigners. The guild's patron saint was the Moorish St. Mauritius - a profile of his head is pictured on the Brotherhood's coat of arms. The Brotherhood itself, which arose sometime around 1399, was active only in Estonia and Latvia, and never took hold in the rest of Europe. It is interesting to note that among the brotherhood's duties in medieval times was putting Tallinn's Christmas tree on Town Hall Square each year. Records show that the activity started at least as far back as 1441, making Tallinn the first city in Europe to have the tradition of a public Christmas tree.

A 14th-century residential building probably occupied this site when the Black Heads bought up the property in the early 1500s. They immediately installed a new hall with an archless ceiling, but the serious rebuilding got underway in 1597 when the Dutch Renaissance façade, with its profusion of ornaments and carved decorations, was added. The eye-catching front door dates to 1640. Inside you can see a two-naved, vaulted hall, which bought from the neighbouring St. Olav's Guild and dates to the 15th century. 
The building is frequently used for concerts and other gala occasions, and naturally any event held here will take on a timeless quality.

Closed during concerts and other events.

Contact

info@mustpeademaja.ee

+372 669 9946

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Accessibility

Restricted accessibility
  • doors width less than 70 cm
  • threshold or step hight more than 4 cm
  • gradient of ramp over 10%
2
Steps
  • number of steps above the symbol
16cm
Low step
  • one step outside the entrance door
  • height under 13 cm
  • height in cm above the symbol

More

The entrance is through a narrow door (60 cm). The hall on the first floor is accessible. Steep staircases lead to the Olevi hall. No accessible toilet in the building.

TripAdvisor® Traveler Reviews

"Beautiful interior.amazing history"

4.0

November 10, 2017, by CATTSAR

This is very different then the one in Riga. It is actually not truly open to the public but used as center for affairs and performances. The upper floors are private and I believe house offices... Read more

"Amazing old, medieval building in the core of Old Town of Tallinn"

4.0

October 2, 2017, by Oleg Y

As I mentioned before, this street of Pikk was a truly revelation for us, in the sense of the beauty of the buildings situated there. Just starting almost from Raekoda Plats and going upward, there... Read more

"There are good blackheads, who knew"

4.0

August 14, 2017, by My_chicken_and_I

After a quick explanation about the history of this house. I was impressed with the history. I especially like the way they used to haul their stock up to the storage areas at the top of the house. Read more

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