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House of the Blackheads

Pikk 26, Tallinn 10133, Estonia
+372 631 3199
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Beautiful interior.amazing history

This is very different then the one in Riga. It is actually not truly open to the public but used... read more

Reviewed 10 November 2017
CATTSAR
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Provincetown, Massachusetts
Amazing old, medieval building in the core of Old Town of Tallinn

As I mentioned before, this street of Pikk was a truly revelation for us, in the sense of the... read more

Reviewed 2 October 2017
Oleg Y
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Belgrade, Serbia
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The House of the Brotherhood of Black Heads is the only surviving Renaissance building in Tallinn. A residence probably existed at this location already in the 14th century. The Brotherhood of Black Heads bought the property in the first half of the 16th century, when then also built a new vault-less hall. A major reconstruction took place in 1597, when the façade was redesigned in the spirit of the Renaissance architecture from the Low Countries, with its rich ornamentation and carved decorations. One of Tallinn’s most eye-catching painted doors dates from the 1640s. The Two-nave, arched guildhall bought from the Olav Guild dates from the 15th century.
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Reviewed 10 November 2017

This is very different then the one in Riga. It is actually not truly open to the public but used as center for affairs and performances. The upper floors are private and I believe house offices. However, the women in charge was kind enough to...More

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Reviewed 2 October 2017

As I mentioned before, this street of Pikk was a truly revelation for us, in the sense of the beauty of the buildings situated there. Just starting almost from Raekoda Plats and going upward, there are on both sides of street a plenty of beautiful...More

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Reviewed 14 August 2017 via mobile

After a quick explanation about the history of this house. I was impressed with the history. I especially like the way they used to haul their stock up to the storage areas at the top of the house.

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Reviewed 28 May 2017

When we visited Tallinn the building was covered in scaffolding so nothing to see inside and little outside. The entrance door however was still visible and impressive.

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Reviewed 3 April 2017

During a walk of the old town, we visited many awesome sights/sites. This building houses the professional association of ship owners, merchants, and foreigners. Of note is the green and red stripped door with gold flowerettes. Above the door is a colourful carving of the...More

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Reviewed 31 January 2017

This building historically is known as a professional association of ship owners, merchants and foreigners.

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Reviewed 11 August 2016 via mobile

This is an interesting building both architecturally and historically. I never k ew what the Blackheads group was until visiting the Baltics!

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Reviewed 21 July 2016

When we got to the building our tour guide gave us a little history lesson about how the Brotherhood of the Blackheads originated. I believe it started with a group of foreign merchants that banded together to protect the town.

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Reviewed 26 June 2016

This lovely old building stands in the main street and has a fascinating façade. The property in not open to the public but there is an informative plaque on the wall.

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Reviewed 11 July 2015

It is a lovely decorated building, but unfortumately it is not apoen to the public. In the Centre of Old tallinn is worth stopping to view the outside

1  Thank multi v
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