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“Simply Splendid” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Church of the Holy Spirit Puhavaimu Kirik

Church of the Holy Spirit Puhavaimu Kirik
Puhavaimu 2, Tallinn, Estonia
+372 644 1487
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Ranked #23 of 245 things to do in Tallinn
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Owner description: Dating from the fourteenth century, this beautiful church boasts a splendid interior with a suspended pulpit, carved wooden pews and altar and the not-to-be-missed, azure-faced wall clock (circa 1684) on the outer wall.
Kent, United Kingdom
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“Simply Splendid”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2013

This small but strikingly beautiful church was built in the 14th century and much of the interior is original.
On the front of the church is the famous carved and painted clock, the oldest one in Tallinn. Step inside, it will cost you 1 Euro, a bargain, the interior is amazing. There is a beautifully carved pulpit, a magnificent 15th century painted altar and numerous biblical scenes painted around the gallery. A small staircase leads to gallery, where there is an exhibition of stained glass and where excellent views of the church can be had.
To the left of the altar is a small chapel, in which there are memorials to personnel of the British Royal Navy, the most poignant of which is to the crew of Submarine E18. This vessel was lost with all hands in May or June 1916
(nobody knows for sure) off the coast of Estonia. The wreck of the submarine was found in 2009 and shortly afterwards a memorial was placed alongside the existing ones.
This remarkable little church is absolutely splendid and deserves more than a passing glance.

Visited August 2013
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“Worth a visit. Wonderful stained glass art nouveau window”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2013

Not mentioned by others: On the left side, I think closest to the altar, is a wonderful art nouveau window. Here is where old meets the new.

Visited August 2013
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Middlesex, UK
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“Beautiful and the oldest church in Tallinn”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2013

Lovely old clock meets your gaze when you look at the church dating back to 13th Century, didn't have the chance to go inside as was shut when we were there but really lovely to look at and you will need to take a step back from the square otherwise could easily miss the clock!

Visited August 2013
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“Have a look inside”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2013 via mobile

The inside of this church is very rich. The entrance fee is 1 EUR per person, however you may see in the entrance area already quite much of the church - so have a look at least from there.

Visited September 2013
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“Old Church”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2013

In tourist towns in Europe, there are typically a few churches that are featured, and 20 times as many, also there, also old, but not in any guide book. This church seemed like it belonged in the second category, but somehow was in the first. It is old. But there is not much to look at. There is not much to do. Yes, you can climb the bell tower, but it is more colorful at a half dozen other places in town. There must be 100,000 churches in Europe as good. I.e., nothing special here, but it is cheap, it is quick, Tallinn is a small town, so go see for yourself.

Visited August 2013
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