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TripAdvisor Traveler Rating

4.0

based on 91 reviews

Location (map)

Pikk tn 26, Tallinn

Old Town

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Distance from:

Airport

5km

Harbour

1.7km

Train station

0.70km

Bus station

3.50km

Open/ Available

Mon-Fri 9-15

Fees

Entrance only with Tallinn Card (free of charge)

Contact

info@mustpeademaja.ee

+372 669 9946

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Accessibility

Semi-accessible
  • 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

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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.

Entrance only with Tallinn Card (free of charge).
Closed during concerts and other events.

Location (map)

Pikk tn 26, Tallinn

Old Town

More

Distance from:

Airport

5km

Harbour

1.7km

Train station

0.70km

Bus station

3.50km

Open/ Available

Mon-Fri 9-15

Fees

Entrance only with Tallinn Card (free of charge)

Contact

info@mustpeademaja.ee

+372 669 9946

Information

More

Accessibility

Semi-accessible
  • 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

"Interesting"

4.0

August 11, 2019, by axola2009

One of the most icónics buildings in Riga, it’s worth a visit. Although it is usually crowded, it’s worth a visit. Read more

"Interesting Building, Interesting History"

4.0

July 21, 2019, by wendyanddavid536

A lovely building in the centre of the Old Town, the House of the Blackheads was closed when we were there, but there is a board outside explaing its history and that of the Tallinn Brotherhood of... Read more

"Not worth inside"

4.0

July 14, 2019, by Dan2014

Great to see from the outside but I don’t think it’s worth the money it cost to go inside. Does provide you with background to the use of the building and the Blackheads and you get too see the main... Read more

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