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“Exceptional artwork i.a. Danse Macabre - painting”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Niguliste Museum

Niguliste Museum
Ranked #29 of 291 things to do in Tallinn
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Owner description: Founded in the first half of the 13th century, this church was dedicated to St. Nicholas, the patron saint of merchants and seafarers, remained active as a place of worship until World War II and reopened in 1984 as a subsidiary of the Art Museum of Estonia.
Southern Finland, Finland
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“Exceptional artwork i.a. Danse Macabre - painting”
Reviewed 23 February 2014

Excellent and informative reviews have been written already before me. Museum is unexpectedly well worth a visit and I would like to make it known that there is an organ concert every Saturday and Sunday (30 minutes) at 4 pm and therefore a great opportunity to combine historic works of art and music. Admission with the museum ticket, exceptions: http://www.nigulistemuuseum.ee/en/learn-and-explore/half-an-hour-with-organ

Visited February 2014
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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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“Superb collection of Medieval religious art”
Reviewed 29 January 2014 via mobile

What a surprise! Had expected to see the restored Danse Macabre, but there was so much else.
The most interesting was the Rode altarpiece of exceptional detail. Wonderful 15th century painting and carving. An interactive screen told all the stories (choice of language) and showed close ups of all the parts of the screen which are not visible because the boards are closed up.
A must see....

Visited January 2014
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Weston-super-Mare, United Kingdom
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“Fantastic religious art”
Reviewed 25 January 2014

A very fine collection of religious art.

The Dance Macabre is a fine work of art - but due to its protective UV screen, if the sun is shining it is hard to appreciate at its best.

The alter pieces are brilliant.

The collection of Guild Silver is also very impressive - but not always open (if you want to see this check the times with tourist information).

Visited January 2014
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Miami, Florida
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“See The Dance Of Death”
Reviewed 5 December 2013

For a glimpse of Tallinn's history a visit to Niguliste Museum (St Nicholas Church) seems worthwhile especially if you enjoy medieval works of art.

St Nicholas which began construction in the early 13th century has it's own unique history including being bombed by the Soviets in World War II. Housed here is some of the country's most famous art works and artifacts among which are beautiful gold and silver chalices and platters.

Danse Macabre, “The Dance Of Death” probably Tallinn's most famous medieval painting, at least a part of it, is also found here. This painting which was the topic of many sermons reminds us that no matter what your status is in life, death unites us all.

Visited November 2013
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Louth, United Kingdom
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“If you only have time to see one thing.........”
Reviewed 11 October 2013

Breath taking examples of medieval art. Wow. Really could have done with a private guide.renovation work in progress but access not a problem. Entry included on Tallinn card .....free.

Visited October 2013
Thank Janethawson
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