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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 have the idea that a Cathedral under the importance that keeps in the Catholic ranks, is usually a building of considerable size and with architectural and artistic profusion. However this Cathedral has changed me such a perspective, as it is not characterized by its monumental character. Accessed through a portico entering the atrium and front rises the temple with a discreet door flanked by two pillars. The façade is sober and without further ornamentation. Enjoy Tallinn. LIFE... it's a trip!
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  • It is painted all white this neo-classical style church built in the mid 1800 's, main center of Catholic worship. It is built on the ruins of the cloister of the Dominican monastery of half of 1200, which was destroyed by fire in the early 1500. The Interior has three naves and, for a Catholic Church, is very stark in the sense that it presents to the walls an extensive iconography of Saints.
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  • This is a Dominican monastery next to the Church. Entering from the street, courtyard and the Church itself is a bit secluded. Is a simple look and feel coming local believers than tourists in solemn atmosphere was internal.
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