House of the Blackheads
House of the Blackheads
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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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chrissieb94
Dorset, UK3,074 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
This building is the former headquarters of the Brotherhood of the Blackheads. Back in history they were ship owners and merchants during the Middle Ages. They were also in Latvia. They fled to Germany when the Soviets occupied the Baltic states in 1940. Today the house comprises of halls and other rooms used for events like concerts, conferences and receptions. There are some amazing stone crests around the door. The door itself has beautiful carving.
Written 29 August 2023
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LostInTime
Pittsburgh, PA20,595 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Business
This building looks real real old. I love old places. The door is pretty amazing. I wouldn’t have know about this except for TripAdvisor and it’s a short walk from the main square. Real nice.
Written 13 June 2023
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LolaGo1
Washington DC, DC6,628 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Solo
Having just arrived here from Helsinki, I entered this museum located at main Town Square. The friendly Receptionist told us that the entrance fee was FREE for the day, May 18, 2023.

The exhibits are limited: Various types of coins used at certain time frames, household items, paintings etc.
Written 19 May 2023
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Markus H
Khao Lak, Thailand4 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Friends
Pretty facade. Shame it seems closed to go inside. A lot of tourists outside looking to get in. Information plaque outside.
Written 12 May 2023
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Krista M
Tallinn, Estonia2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
Behind the famous door, there are several good-looking concert halls like 'Valge saal / White Hall ' (built in 1531–1532), one of the oldest halls for public use in Tallinn built expressly for entertainment. And the 'Olavi saal / St Olaf's Guild Hall' (built in 1419–1422), with two naves and a rare ceiling with High Gothic stellar vaults the hall is considered to be one of the most brilliant architectural masterpieces in Tallinn. Tallinn Chamber Orchestra and other classical music collectives give public concerts in these halls, which give great options to step in. A poster about the coming concert is hanging on the wall, left from the House of the Blackheads' door.
Written 27 December 2022
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Richard M
Hampstead Norreys, UK891 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
The front of the building is incredible and historic. The painted carvings are amazing and well worth a stop. The interiors are pretty plain to be honest and the philharmonic orchestra give concerts there.
Written 26 June 2022
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Roger G
Amsterdam, The Netherlands335 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Couples
Having been to Riga a few times I don't know how we missed this attraction. The best part is you can sit on the chairs and really look at the paintings and architecture. Spread over 3 floors it gives the history of Latvia and how over the centuries this nation has been invaded and recovered each time. You can easily imagine dining in one of the many halls and enjoy the pomp and ceremony it has offered to the local dignitaries over the years.
Incredible it has been restored from a devastating fire last century.
Written 9 May 2022
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PBTravelstheWorld
Lynden, WA391 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
Another architectural gem that you need to stop outside and really study the front. There is a short write up about the building that is posted outside the door that gives all the history and a bit about the Brotherhood.
Written 21 August 2020
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axola2009
Bilbao, Spain180 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019 • Solo
One of the most icónics buildings in Riga, it’s worth a visit. Although it is usually crowded, it’s worth a visit.
Written 11 August 2019
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wendyanddavid536
Solihull, UK2,125 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Couples
A lovely building in the centre of the Old Town, the House of the Blackheads was closed when we were there, but there is a board outside explaing its history and that of the Tallinn Brotherhood of Blackheads, established in 1399.
Fabulous red, green and gold door.
Written 21 July 2019
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