St. Nicholas Church (Estonian: Niguliste kirik, German: Nikolaikirche) is a medieval church building in Tallinn (Reval), Estonia. It was dedicated to Saint Nicholas, the patron of the fishermen and sailors. Originally built in the 13th century, it was partially destroyed in the Soviet bombing of Tallinn in World War II. The building itself has since been restored, however, as a church without own congregation, it has not been used for regular religious activities since World War II. At present it houses the Niguliste Museum, a branch of the Art Museum of Estonia, focusing mainly on ecclesiastical art from the Middle Ages onward. It is also used as a concert hall.
The church was founded and built around 1230–1275 by Westphalian merchants, who came from Gotland in the 13th century. While the city was still unfortified, the church had heavy bars for closing the entrances, loopholes and hiding places for refugees. When the fortifications around Tallinn were finished in the 14th century (the town wall enclosed the church and the settlement in 1310), St. Nicholas Church lost its defensive function and became a typical medieval parish church. There are only a few parts of the original church that have been preserved through the present.
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ty theo | Oct 15, 2017
That's cool. It is located in the Old Town of Tallinn. Go up the stairs and you'll see the old city. There are small shops for tourists.
Ming Gao | Jul 29, 2017
A real surprise! Nice architecture and temporary collection. The painting displayed at the altar comes with detailed explanation on touch screens. The Dance of Death is definitely a must-see!
Alexey Lesnov | Jan 3, 2018
Famous for its organ (go hear it on a weekend, you won't regret), and for the "Dance macabre" painting.
Dan Idman | Oct 19, 2017
Grand, serene, lots to see. Well worth the entrance fee.
Seppo Nieminen | Feb 3, 2018
Museum and concert hall (owner: Estonia state). Not a church anymore.
Catherine | Mar 25, 2018
This 13th century church has undergone serious renovation after being nearly destroyed during WWII. Beautiful, airy and spacious, it is now used as a concert hall and art museum. Apart from the permanent exhibition there are also always interesting temporary exhibitions running.
Sa Pr | Mar 14, 2018
It's a medieval former church. It was dedicated to Saint Nicholas, the patron of the fishermen and sailors. Originally built in the 13th century, it was partially destroyed in Soviet Bombing of Tallinn in World War II. It has since been restored and today houses a branch of the Art Museum of Estonia, and is also used as a concert hall.
Lauren Mace | Mar 31, 2018
the church itself is beautiful and it was interesting to see the historical chalices, medals and paintings.
dimikb | Apr 14, 2018
Best place to listen for the organ music. The way the seats arranged allows to fully enjoy the acoustic of the place. You literally feel the sound of it with your body. A bit costy entrance, but you get to see the silver chamber exposition and famous "Totetanz"(death dance) fragment. It is authors miniature copy painting which is THE MUST SEE if you are in Tallinn.
Tatiana Naoumidi | May 1, 2018
Beautiful!!! Very interesting well organized exposition , smart lighting, one of the highlights of the city
Jeff Clay | Jun 20, 2018
Beautiful church and quite scenic from the castle walls.
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