St. Mary's Cathedral

Tallinn Cathedral is the main Evangelical Lutheran church in Estonia. It dates back to the 13th century, probably to the first half of this century. Between 1430 and 1460 the church building was reconstructed as a three-nave basilica. The church and a large part of the buildings in Toompea were destroyed in the fire of the Toompea district in 1684. The Gothic-style bell tower of the cathedral was destroyed, so a new Baroque bell tower was built in 1778-1779.

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  • Café within 500m

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Alexander Nevsky Cathedral

Aleksander Nevsky Cathedral is a 19th-century Orthodox church. The construction of this sanctuary, based on Russian church architecture, began in 1894 and was completed in 1900. The church was named after Alexander Nevsky (1220-1263), the Prince of Novgorod. When Estonia gained its independence after the First World War, the Estonian authorities wanted to demolish it as it was the symbol of a period of Russian occupation. However, after the Bolshevik revolution, there were a large number of Russian refugees in the capital and the cathedral was not demolished. It was, however, closed by the German authorities who invaded Estonia in 1941. It was only regained its use after Estonia's independence in 1991.

St. Nicholas' Church

St. Nicholas' Church was founded in 1230 as the centre of a settlement of German merchants from Gotland. The church was completely rebuilt in 1405-1420 when a new choir was built and the then long building was rebuilt according to the principles of the basilica. From 1486 to 1493, the Matthew Chapel (14th century) was rebuilt as Anthony's Chapel. The new tower of the reconstructed church was completed in 1515. The west tower of the church was rebuilt in 1682-1696 and a new baroque bell tower was built. After its restoration after the Second World War (1953-1981), the church became an art museum and a concert hall.

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Cathedral of the Transfiguration

The Cathedral of the Transfiguration in Tallinn is an Estonian Orthodox Apostolic Church. The church building was built in the 13th century as the church of the Convent of St. Michael in Tallinn. In 1629 the monastery was secularised. In February 1716 the Russian garrison regiment used the church until its reconstruction. After the reconstruction, the main church was consecrated in 1734 and was the Orthodox Cathedral until 1900, when Alexander Nevsky Cathedral was completed. A tower was built for the church in 1776, the present windows, the main door and the roof dome were completed in 1827-1830.