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Photo by: Paul Kuimet

Photo by: Paul Kuimet

Photo by: Paul Kuimet

Photo by: Paul Kuimet

Photo by: Tavi Grepp

TripAdvisor Traveler Rating

4.5

based on 360 reviews

Open/ Available

01.01-14.01 Mon-Fri 9-18 Sat 10-16
15.01-18.03 Mon-Fri 12-14 Sat 10-16
19.03-30.04 Mon-Fri 10-15 Sat 10-16
02.05-30.09 Mon-Sat 9-18
1.10-14.10 Mon-Sat 10-16
15.10-30.11 Mon-Fri 10-14 Sat 10-16
01.12-31.12 Mon-Fri 9-18 Sat 10-16

Fees

Ticket 1.50€
Child ticket 1.00€
Free with Tallinn Card

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tallinna.puhavaimu@eelk.ee

+372 646 4430

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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
10cm
Low step
  • one step outside the entrance door
  • height under 13 cm
  • height in cm above the symbol

The 14th-century Holy Spirit Church is a spectacular structure inside and out, from its wood interior to elaborate façade clock.

This radiantly white church with its distinctive octagonal tower stands just off Town Hall Square. 

The elaborate painted clock on its façade is Tallinn's oldest public timepiece, dating to the late 17th century. But don't miss the carved wood interior which includes such treasures as a unique 15th century altar by the famous Lübeck artist Bernt Notke, and one of the oldest pulpits in Estonia, dating to 1597.

The church was originally founded as part of the neighbouring Holy Spirit Almshouse, which tended to the town's sick and elderly. Throughout medieval times it remained the primary church of the common folk. After the Reformation, it was here the first sermons were ever given in the Estonian language (as opposed to German), and a catechism published in 1535 by the church's pastor Johann Koell is thought to be the first book in Estonian. 

Entrance is free with Tallinn Card.

Open/ Available

01.01-14.01 Mon-Fri 9-18 Sat 10-16
15.01-18.03 Mon-Fri 12-14 Sat 10-16
19.03-30.04 Mon-Fri 10-15 Sat 10-16
02.05-30.09 Mon-Sat 9-18
1.10-14.10 Mon-Sat 10-16
15.10-30.11 Mon-Fri 10-14 Sat 10-16
01.12-31.12 Mon-Fri 9-18 Sat 10-16

Fees

Ticket 1.50€
Child ticket 1.00€
Free with Tallinn Card

Website

Visit website

Contact

tallinna.puhavaimu@eelk.ee

+372 646 4430

Information

More

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
10cm
Low step
  • one step outside the entrance door
  • height under 13 cm
  • height in cm above the symbol
TripAdvisor® Traveler Reviews

"Famous clock"

4.5

May 22, 2018, by Nancy H

This church boasts the oldest timepiece in Tallin, a painted clock dating from the 1600s. Very famous. Worth the visit. Read more

"A little disappointed"

4.5

May 10, 2018, by Lesley S

We arrived here when there was a service going on, so we were unable to enter. When we passed by later it was closed. This was a shame as I had wanted to see the Bernt Notke altarpiece and the... Read more

"Facade Clock"

4.5

May 10, 2018, by KatielouAustralia

A 14th century white church and it is here where the first sermons were given in the Estonian language. The delightful facade clock is not to be missed. Read more

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