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Catholic Cathedral of St Peter & St Paul, Tallinn

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St. Peter and St. Paul's Cathedral, Tallinn is a Roman Catholic cathedral in Tallinn, Estonia.History and architectureCatholicism was introduced to Estonia by force via the Northern crusades and dominated religious life during the Middle Ages. However, following the Reformation during the 16th century, Lutheranism took its place as the dominant faith, and during the time of Swedish rule in Estonia, Catholicism was banned.Following Sweden's loss of Estonia to the Russian Empire during the Great Northern War, religious freedom was introduced by the new authorities. In 1799, the Catholic parish had grown large enough to be granted the former refectory of the long-since closed St. Catherine's monastery as a place of worship on the site of the present church. In 1841, designs were made for a proper new church building for the site, which had grown too small. The architect was the well-known St. Petersburg architect Carlo Rossi. He designed a neo-Gothic basilica, without an apse, with a neo-classical exterior. Between 1920 and 1924, the main, western façade received its present look, a work by architects Erich Jacoby and Franz de Vries somewhat deviating from Rossi's original façade. The interior of the church still reflects Rossi's design, however the wooden, neo-Gothic decoration has been removed. The cathedral incorporates several works of art, including works by local Baltic German artists Carl Friedrich Sigismund Walther, Robert Johann Salemann and a copy of a painting by Guido Reni. The cathedral has undergone a series of renovations, the latest in 2002–2003.
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  • I can’t really say the site impressed me. The church itself is quite unassuming and modest. The doors were locked, so could not get inside. Maybe it was on account of some work being done there. The l...  more »
  • We had a beatiful christening ceremony conducted by Fr. Alfonso di Giovanni. The ceremony was quite long, around 40 minutes but our 3-months old son took it very well. He was actually listening to the...  more »
  • Cathedral in winter perfectly illuminated green, straight fascinates. Very cozy with him. And yet: this is the only place in Tallinn, where the predrozhdestvenskuju time I saw the traditional Nativity scene.
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