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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Robyn ES
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia36 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2012
Brush up on this one. The Black Heads were theyoung Business Class men of the Town. This was the exclusive unmarried Mens' Club - purpose - dating and marrying in the days before internet and social networking, how to keep the young up and coming men meaningfully engaged and socially occupied in the long,cold winters whilst waiting for the rivers and seas to thaw and trade to resume.
Written September 26, 2012
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warboys
Huntingdon, UK983 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2015 • Couples
Located in the old town, the building was not open when we were there. However we saw the door with the blackhead placed between the lions. The door was surprisingly low and people were keen to have their photo taken at it.
Written May 23, 2015
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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 August 11, 2019
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MK_in_VT
Burlington, VT372 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018
This central structure, completely destroyed by German, then Russian bombing in/after WW2, has been restored in detail and offers a fascinating glimpse into medieval culture, with a twist. The House was and is really a social benevolent club, started by a group of male traders as early as 1500AD who, as our guide said; traveled afar, were not married, had opulent tastes and curated wealth and art in honor of St Maurice, an important and venerated black man in early Christianity. Am I the ONLY person to think this was an early gay mens club? Color me wrong, bit the parallells are fascinating. DO go visit, it is a lovely destination. Tallinn is such a cool city.
Written July 20, 2018
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WW_Traveller023
Kirrawee, Australia1,798 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2017 • Couples
The Brotherhood of the Blackheads is an association of local unmarried merchants, ship owners, and foreigners in Estonia and Latvia. It was founded as a military organization but the non-military aspects of the association gradually became more pronounced until the Brotherhood became a predominantly social organization. This was their meeting place in Tallinn.
Written July 2, 2018
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Oleg Y
Belgrade, Serbia2,705 contributions
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Aug 2017 • Couples
As I mentioned before, this street of Pikk was a truly revelation for us, in the sense of the beauty of the buildings situated there. Just starting almost from Raekoda Plats and going upward, there are on both sides of street a plenty of beautiful edifices, with facades so intriguing, that everyone becomes interested in history of the same.
So, that is the case with the House of the Brotherhood of Blackheads.
The building was the historic home of the Brotherhood of Blackheads, which was a medieval guild made up of young, single merchants and foreigners. The facade was made in Dutch - Renaissance style, with a real affluence of ornaments and carved decorations. Especially, we were lured with the front door and inside with the vaulted hall, having two naves. There is, on the facade, a Brotherhood's coat of arms with the head of their saint patron pictured on it.
They, the merchants and ship owners, were active only in Estonia and Latvia and it is known now, that this guild had held one very good tradition of putting the Christmas tree on Town Hall Square each year.
And this started rather early, in 1441, making this way Tallinn the first city in Europe to have the tradition of a public Christmas tree.
Just wonderful, outside and inside !
Written October 2, 2017
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My_chicken_and_I
Australia98 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2017 • Solo
After a quick explanation about the history of this house. I was impressed with the history.

I especially like the way they used to haul their stock up to the storage areas at the top of the house.
Written August 14, 2017
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OandA-London
London, UK213 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2017 • Couples
When we visited Tallinn the building was covered in scaffolding so nothing to see inside and little outside. The entrance door however was still visible and impressive.
Written May 28, 2017
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JnVSydney
Greater Sydney, Australia20,866 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2017 • Couples
During a walk of the old town, we visited many awesome sights/sites. This building houses the professional association of ship owners, merchants, and foreigners. Of note is the green and red stripped door with gold flowerettes. Above the door is a colourful carving of the patron saint of the brotherhood, the black Egyptian Christian Saint Maurice's head.
Written April 3, 2017
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kiltmaker2
Evanston, IL14,630 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2016
This building historically is known as a professional association of ship owners, merchants and foreigners.
Written January 31, 2017
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