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21.08.2014

Catholic, Lutheran, Russian Orthodox – and more recently Jewish – houses of worship have played a central role in Tallinn's cultural life ever since German crusaders Christianised the country in the early 13th century. The Medieval-built churches in particular were magnificent projects that drew the city's best artistic talent. Nowadays many of the city's churches are true architectural treasures, with interiors that shouldn't be missed.

 
 
   
Adventist Church

Adventist Church

Churches & Religious buildings
Built in 1922-23, this church was the very first ecclesiastical stone building to appear during Estonia's prewar independence era.
Mere pst 3
+372 644 7879, +372 506 4139

www.advent.ee/kogudus/tallinn/
Cathedral of Saint Mary the Virgin (Dome Church)

Cathedral of Saint Mary the Virgin (Dome Church)

Churches & Religious buildings
The medieval church that stands at the centre of Toompea hill is one of the country's most fascinating historic attractions.
Toom-Kooli 6
+372 644 4140
tallinna.toom@eelk.ee
www.toomkirik.ee
Cathedral of Saint Mary the Virgin (Dome Church`s) Tower

Cathedral of Saint Mary the Virgin (Dome Church`s) Tower

Churches & Religious buildings
Visitors can climb the 69 meter Baroque bell- tower of this famous, medieval church for amazing views of the city.
Toom-Kooli 6
+372 644 4140

toomkirik.ee
Church in the name of the Mother of God “Quick to Hear”

Church in the name of the Mother of God “Quick to Hear”

Churches & Religious buildings
Opened in 2013, this church serves as a centre of Russian Orthodox religion and community for the Lasnamäe suburb.
Loopealse 8, Tallinn
+372 668 1517
pan@orthodox.ee
www.hram.ee
Church of Our Lady of Kazan

Church of Our Lady of Kazan

Churches & Religious buildings
Built in 1721, this small Russian Orthodox church has the distinction of being the oldest wooden structure in Tallinn.
Liivalaia 38
+372 660 7990

www.orthodox.ee/epc/index.php/en/
Church of St. Simeon and the Prophetess Hanna

Church of St. Simeon and the Prophetess Hanna

Churches & Religious buildings
Nestled along a street near Tallinn Harbour is this fairytale, wooden church built on the initiative of Russian sailors.
Ahtri 5
+372 662 0699/+372 552 2265

www.eoc.ee
Church of Sts. Peter and Paul

Church of Sts. Peter and Paul

Churches & Religious buildings
This impressive, pseudo-Gothic church with it neoclassical façade sits aside the ruins of the medieval Dominican monastery.   
Vene 18
+372 644 6367
peeter-pauli@online.ee
www.katoliku.ee/index.php/en/
Kaarli Church (Charles XI Lutheran Church)

Kaarli Church (Charles XI Lutheran Church)

Churches & Religious buildings
Tallinn's grandest 19th-century church sets itself apart with its twin steeples, immense size and neo-Roman style.

Toompea 10, 10142 Tallinn
+372 619 9100
tallinna.kaarli@eelk.ee
www.kaarlikogudus.eu
Kalju Baptist Church

Kalju Baptist Church

Churches & Religious buildings
The only remaining church in the Kalamaja district, Kalju was the very first place of worship for Tallinn's Baptists.
Kalju 1
+372 5622 0110

www.kalju.ee/
Niguliste Museum (St. Nicholas' Church)

Niguliste Museum (St. Nicholas' Church)

Churches & Religious buildings
Exquisite altarpieces, medieval burial slabs and other works of religious art can be seen in this 1230-era church-turned-museum.
Niguliste 3, 10146 Tallinn
+372 631 4330
niguliste@ekm.ee
www.nigulistemuuseum.ee
Nõmme Orthodox Church of John the Baptist

Nõmme Orthodox Church of John the Baptist

Churches & Religious buildings
Constructed in 1922-23 to the plans of architect Aleksandr Vladovski, this church was restored in 2014 and now features frescoes and stained-glass windows designed by Andrei Lobanov.
Tähe 2, 11629 Tallinn
+372 5645 8261

www.nommejohannese.ee
Nõmme Rahu Church

Nõmme Rahu Church

Churches & Religious buildings
The charming 'Peace Church' in the Nõmme suburb is a memorial to the 1920 Tartu Peace Treaty between Estonia and Soviet Russia.
Võsu 5, Tallinn
+372 6701679, +3725254415
nomme.rahu@eelk.ee
www.nommerahu.ee
Nõmme Saviour´s Lutheran Church

Nõmme Saviour´s Lutheran Church

Churches & Religious buildings
The beautiful church in the Nõmme district dates to 1932 and originally served a Baltic-German congregation.
Õie 10
+372 6701679, +3725090011

www.nommerahu.ee/
Orthodox Church of St. Nicholas

Orthodox Church of St. Nicholas

Churches & Religious buildings
This gorgeous structure at the north end of Vene street was the first neoclassical church built in Tallinn.
Vene 24
+372 644 1945

www.orthodox.ee/epc/index.php/en/
Orthodox Church of the Transfiguration of Our Lord

Orthodox Church of the Transfiguration of Our Lord

Churches & Religious buildings
This Russian Orthodox church on Old Town's Suur-Kloostri street features a rich interior and a complex history.
 

Suur-Kloostri 14
+372 565 1090
aivarsarapik@yahoo.com
Pentecostal Church

Pentecostal Church

Churches & Religious buildings
This stylish, Art Nouveau building was actually designed at the beginning of the 20th century as a gym for the Toomkool school.
Toompea 3
+372 660 6973

www.toompeakogudus.ee/
Pühavaimu kirik (the Holy Spirit Church)

Pühavaimu kirik (the Holy Spirit Church)

Churches & Religious buildings
The 14th-century Holy Spirit Church is a spectacular structure inside and out, from its wood interior to elaborate façade clock.
Pühavaimu 2, 10123 Tallinn
+372 646 4430
tallinna.puhavaimu@eelk.ee
www.eelk.ee/tallinna.puhavaimu
St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral

St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral

Churches & Religious buildings
This spectacular, onion-domed structure perched atop Toompea Hill is Estonia's main Russian Orthodox cathedral.
Lossiplats 10, 10130 Tallinn
+372 644 3484
nevsky@hot.ee
www.nevsky.orthodox.ee/index.php/en/
St. Bridget's Convent

St. Bridget's Convent

Churches & Religious buildings
Built on the ruins of Tallinn's original, 15th-century Bridgettine convent, this smaller, modern version was opened in 2001.
Merivälja tee 18
+372 605 5000

www.piritaklooster.ee/index.html
St. John's Church (Jaani kirik)

St. John's Church (Jaani kirik)

Churches & Religious buildings
The bright yellow, neo-Gothic church that dominates Freedom Square is a true survivor among the city's churches.
Vabaduse väljak 1, 10141 Tallinn
+372 644 6206, +372 5663 4624
tallinna.jaani@eelk.ee
www.tallinnajaani.ee
St. Olav’s Church and tower

St. Olav’s Church and tower

Churches & Religious buildings
Make the vigorous climb to the top of Tallinn's iconic, Gothic church, once the tallest building in the world.

Lai 50, 10133 Tallinn
+372 641 2241
oleviste@oleviste.ee
www.oleviste.ee
Swedish St. Michael's Church

Swedish St. Michael's Church

Churches & Religious buildings
This centuries-old church on Rüütli street has been a spiritual home for generations of Estonian Swedes.
Rüütli 9
+372 644 1938
rootsi-mihkli@eelk.ee
www.stmikael.ee
The Tallinn Synagogue

The Tallinn Synagogue

Churches & Religious buildings
Established in 2007, Tallinn's Synagogue is by far the most modern house of worship in the city.
Karu 16, 10120 Tallinn
+372 662 3050
rabbi@ejc.ee
www.ejc.ee
Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church

Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church

Churches & Religious buildings
This Old Town church makes its home in a curious medieval building, complete with crooked façade and improbably tiny windows. 
Laboratooriumi 22
+372 641 1963

www.hot.ee/uke/kirikest.htm
United Methodist Church in Estonia

United Methodist Church in Estonia

Churches & Religious buildings
The largest modern church in Estonia, this building is known for its striking architecture and wonderful acoustics.
Narva mnt 51, 10152 Tallinn
+372 668 8460, +372 504 2237
keskus@metodistikirik.ee
www.metodistikirik.ee/
Viimsi St. James' Church

Viimsi St. James' Church

Churches & Religious buildings
The modern architecture of this coastal church makes it well suited to the surrounding seaside landscape.
Nurme tee 2, Pringi küla, Viimsi
+372 607 5070

www.eelk.ee/viimsi/
 
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