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“Wonderful medieval church”

Church of the Holy Spirit Puhavaimu Kirik
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Tallinn City Walking Tour
Ranked #19 of 296 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.
London, England, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Wonderful medieval church”
Reviewed July 9, 2014

We visited here for around half an hour as part of a tour group from a cruise ship. We loved the outside and inside of the church, it was so beautiful and full of history. We were treated to a medieval music concert whilst here, which we enjoyed immensely.
Definitely make this a place you visit whilst in Tallinn, it is well worth it!

Visited June 2014
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Chelsea, Canada
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“The Church of Holy Spirit... exposing its 17th Century Clock”
Reviewed June 18, 2014

The Church of the Holy Spirit was built in the 14th century and is well known for its carved and painted clock outside the front wall of the Church… apparently it is the oldest one in Tallinn and it dates back to the 17th century. The Church is located in the Old Town of Tallinn, off the Town Hall Square, and so, you can’t really miss it if you’re visiting the Old Town… something I definitely recommend (see my separate review for that). The structure of this Church reminded me of similar churches I had seen in Greece. Unfortunately, we were not able to visit the inside, as it was closed. It’s a nice building and, in my view, was worth a few photos, even if only from the outside.

I had already submitted a few photos to TripAdvisor prior to my review. You will be able to see them in the visitors photos.

Visited May 2014
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Southern Finland, Finland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 239 helpful votes
“Beautiful Evangelical Lutheran church in the Old Town”
Reviewed February 23, 2014

I have walked past this church a number of times, this time the door was open and I peeked inside. There was a church service going on, so I stayed in the back of the church. Definitely worth a visit and see this beautiful church. Opening hours:
from 1th January to 30th April Monday to Friday 10.00 to 14.00; from 1th May to 30th September: Monday to Saturday from 9.00 to 17.00;
and 1th October to 31th December: Monday to Friday 10.00-14.00
Entrance fee 1 EUR; beautiful postcards are sold also in the church.

Visited February 2014
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Kent, United Kingdom
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“Simply Splendid”
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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Trier, Germany
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“Worth a visit. Wonderful stained glass art nouveau window”
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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