Peapiiskopi Kirik
Peapiiskopi Kirik
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Located on top of Cathedral Hill, this historic church has served as a burial place for noble families since the 13th century.
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laczkozsu
Debrecen, Hungary2,186 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
I think it’s the most important church in the city. If you are interested in History, you must go into. It’s worth to pay 2 euros because you can see a beautiful church with about 100 Coat of Arms and you can get to know the history of Estonians. It’s located on Cathedral Hill. Originally a wooden church stood here, then the Dominican monks started building a stone church in 1229. Later it was rebuilt in 15th century. Its tower was rebuilt in baroque style in 1779. It was a burial place for noble families in 13-18 century. I think it’s a wonderful and remarkable church, I liked it very much.
Written 5 December 2022
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chrissieb94
Dorset, UK3,104 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
St Mary’s Cathedral is the oldest church in Tallinn, built in the 13th century. It was rebuilt after a fire in the 17th century and is also known as the Dome Church. Inside, on the walls, there are numerous carved decorative wooden coats of arms, epitaphs which date from the 17th-20th centuries. The beautiful pulpit with figures of the apostles, is from 1686. The painted pews with doors, are lovely but don’t look too comfortable! This was probably to ensure you stayed awake during the service! The cathedral is the seat of the Archbishop of Tallinn of the Estonian Evangelical Lutheran Church. It is a beautiful cathedral and well worth visiting.
Written 26 August 2023
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gecko77
Coventry, UK1,045 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
This church is close to the Alexander Nevsky cathedral, but is often overlooked. It is a lovely church, which contains numerous coats of arms which are on the walls as memorials to people. It gives the church some interest. The church is otherwise very plain, but feels calm and relaxing to wander round. It is a lovely building.
Written 5 August 2008
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M H
Darlington1,183 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2016 • Couples
We visited this 13th century church in March, primarily to climb its tower (as it was the only one we found open). As to be expected, the spiral stone steps are steep and if we're honest, although the views were good (especially of Alexander Nevsky Cathedral) we'd had better views of the old town from Toompea's viewing platforms (which are free) the day before.

The inside of the church was unusual for a number of reasons: the large number of families' coats of arms which adorn the walls; the wooden boxed pews; and the raised and enclosed family boxes for Tallin's most powerful families!

If you like churches and history, then it's certainly worth a visit.
Written 10 March 2016
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Dean M
Sandy, UT15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2012 • Solo
First, please don't ask to see the "Dome Church." Nobody calls it that but misinformed English-speaking tourists who read misinformed guide books. That mistranslation goes back to bad Soviet-produced publications by translators who were denied access to current English materials and had to guess how to translate "Toomkirik" (a compound of two Estonian words borrowed from Low German Dom "cathedral" and Kirk "church"). In fact, "toomkirik" is simply the Estonian word for "cathedral." And "Cathedral" is the only word used by English-speaking guides and on the information plaque.

The Cathedral is worth taking time to visit. It is not ornate, nor impressively large. But it conveys a certain medieval/renaissance atmosphere and serenity. Particularly picturesque is its setting atop Toompea ("Cathedral Head," the name of the rocky mound on which Parliament and the castle stand), under linden trees in a cobblestone square. It won't take long to visit, but take the time to at least step inside.
Written 16 August 2012
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Nafis A
Australia2,686 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2012 • Family
The Cathedral of Saint Mary (also known as the Dome Church) is located on Toompea Hill. Although the entry to the hill is dominated by the Alexander Nevsky Cthedral, St Mary’s is a significant monument as it is the oldest church in Tallinn and mainland Estonia. It was originally established by Danes on 13th century and was apparently the only building in Toompea which survived a fire in the17th century. Originally a Roman Catholic cathedral, it became Lutheran in 1561 and retains the simplicity that is the hallmark of their churches. The inside is simple and contains the coat of arms of prominent German families (a reminder of the time when Estonia was under German occupation) and the tombs of some prominent international figures. One of the Toompea Hill lookouts is just in front of the church and provide sweeping views over the Old Town, all the way to the harbor and beyond.
Written 28 July 2012
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miasmith
Tallinn, Estonia741 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2011 • Friends
Toomkirik is one of the oldest (if not the oldest) churches in Tallinn, situated high on Toompea. The entrance to the church goes down, not up as it used to hundreds of years ago, because the level of ground surrounding it has risen since then. It's a nice little church where sometimes chamber music concert take place - a perfect place for them.
Written 8 January 2012
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Paul R
Bristol, UK53 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
They wanted 2 euros entry fee and I I object to paying to visit a Church - Jesus said freely you have received and so freely give. Ask for donations instead.
Written 28 August 2020
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Eileen108
Mount Shasta, CA4,658 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
A wonderful church, established before 1233 and repeatedly rebuilt. There are more than 100 Coat of Arms, made in memorial to dead people, which are wonderfully colorful and intricately designed. It was fun to hike up to the roof which had fantastic views all around! I was in Tallinn on a 9-hour stopover on a Norwegian Getaway 9-day Baltic Cruise during mid-August 2019. I had a 'Tallinn Card', which covered most sights. Rick Steves "Scandinavian & Northern European Cruise Ports" Guidebook was a great help and this sight was part of the self-guided "Tallinn Walk" in the book.
Written 24 April 2020
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DerAlteBach
Sydney, Australia755 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019
St. Mary's Cathedral (now affiliated with the Estonian Evangelical Lutheran Church) is well worth visiting.

The panoply of aristocratic coats of arms decorating the walls of this church reflects centuries of one-upmanship in Tallinn. Each noble family tried to outdo the others with respect to the size and the placement of their escutcheon. It's not often that the decoration of a church is amusing.
Written 6 November 2019
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