Attractions & museums
Niguliste Museum (St. Nicholas' Church) in Tallinn, Estonia
Niguliste Museum (St. Nicholas' Church) in Tallinn, Estonia
Dance Macabre at the Niguliste Museum (St. Nicholas' Church) in the Old Town of Tallinn, Estonia.
Niguliste Museum (St. Nicholas' Church) in Tallinn, Estonia
Niguliste Museum (St. Nicholas' Church) in Tallinn, Estonia
Niguliste Museum (St. Nicholas' Church) in Tallinn, Estonia
Dance Macabre at the Niguliste Museum (St. Nicholas' Church) in the Old Town of Tallinn, Estonia.
Niguliste Museum (St. Nicholas' Church) in Tallinn, Estonia
Niguliste Museum (St. Nicholas' Church) in Tallinn, Estonia

    Niguliste Museum (St. Nicholas' Church)

    Exquisite altarpieces, medieval burial slabs and other works of religious art can be seen in this 1230-era church-turned-museum.

    Saints, dancing skeletons and silver – not to mention the occasional organ concert – are the main attractions here.

    Founded by German merchant/settlers from the island of Gotland, the sturdy church was designed to double as a fortress in the days before the town wall was built. The building survived the Reformation looting of 1523, but wasn't so lucky in the 20th century when it was destroyed by World War II bombs.

    Since its restoration in the 1980s, St. Nicholas' has functioned as a museum specialising in works of religious art, most famously Bernt Notke's beautiful but spooky painting Danse Macabre (Dance of Death). Intricate altarpieces, baroque chandeliers and centuries-old burial slabs are also on display, while the Silver Chamber is home to stunning works by members of town's craft guilds.

    The building's acoustics also make it a prime concert venue, with organ or choir performances held here most weekends.

    Entrance is free with Tallinn Card.
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    • Wonderful Medieval Art in Huge Church

      tripadvisor rating 5 of 5
      April 18, 2020 By EileenMtShasta

      Really wonderful old church which is huge inside, and has so many interesting and intricate works of medieval art, including the "Dance of Death". I was lucky to come when they happened to be having... Read more comments

    • Completely satisfactory

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      March 5, 2020 By DonL120

      Very interesting medieval church in Tallinn's old city. Lots of old religious art to look at. Well worth the visit.

    • Visit during an organ demonstration

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      February 15, 2020 By Scottloves2golf

      What a beautiful building. We went to visit during an organ demonstration and it was absolutely wonderful. I must to in Tallinn