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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 461 reviews

Location (map)

Pühavaimu tn 2, Tallinn

Old Town

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Distance from:

Airport

5km

Harbour

1.7km

Train station

1.00km

Bus station

3.50km

Open/ Available

1.12.2018–13.01.2019 Mon-Fri 9-18, Sat 10-16
14.01-15.03 Mon-Fri 12-14, Sat 10-16
16.03-30.04 Mon-Fri 10-15, Sat 10-16
1.05-30.09 Mon-Fri 9-18, Sat 9-18
1.10-15.10 Mon-Fri 10-16, Sat 10-16
16.10-30.11 Mon-Fri 10-14, Sat 10-16
1.12.2019–13.01.2020 Mon-Fri 9-18, Sat 10-16

Fees

Ticket 1.50€
Child ticket 1.00€
Free with Tallinn Card

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Contact

tallinna.puhavaimu@eelk.ee

+372 646 4430

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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
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.

Location (map)

Pühavaimu tn 2, Tallinn

Old Town

More

Distance from:

Airport

5km

Harbour

1.7km

Train station

1.00km

Bus station

3.50km

Open/ Available

1.12.2018–13.01.2019 Mon-Fri 9-18, Sat 10-16
14.01-15.03 Mon-Fri 12-14, Sat 10-16
16.03-30.04 Mon-Fri 10-15, Sat 10-16
1.05-30.09 Mon-Fri 9-18, Sat 9-18
1.10-15.10 Mon-Fri 10-16, Sat 10-16
16.10-30.11 Mon-Fri 10-14, Sat 10-16
1.12.2019–13.01.2020 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

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

"Interesting clock"

4.5

November 29, 2019, by Mike J

The tall tower dominates this Lutheran Church which dates back to the 14th century and is only a stones throw from the old town square in Tallinn. There is an interesting old clock on the outer wall... Read more

"A worth seeing jewel"

4.5

October 31, 2019, by AlterSchwede13

A worth seeing jewel. many small details, a warmth, pause in the hustle and bustle of the city, it is not too full because the entrance fee. Read more

"Very good"

4.5

October 11, 2019, by NorthEastnostromo

This is easily the best church in Tallinn - if you only visit one then make it this one. Make sure to go up the stairs to the next level. Read more

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