Holy Spirit Church, Tallinn

4.3
#7 of 91 in Historic Sites in Estonia
Displaying a blend of architectural styles, Holy Spirit Church houses a famous 17th-century clock, which is one of the most popular historical sites in the city. The angular, gabled facade, and unusual octagonal tower, showcase some of the church's numerous modifications since its construction in the 1200s. As you wander the aisles and naves, admire the wealth of religious artwork, including 15th-century painted panels, depictions of Biblical scenes, and a memorial to British soldiers who fought in the Baltic during World War I. Keep an eye out for the diverse building techniques, such as the Gothic-style windows and vaulted ceilings. Don't forget to visit the iconic clock, which is ornately carved and decorated. Using our international travel planner, Tallinn attractions like Holy Spirit Church can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • August 16, 2017
    modest and a contrast to most of the churches in terms of scale. The astronomical clock is particularly impressive  more »
  • August 15, 2017
    The church charges a small fee to enter but it is worth visiting to see the stained glass windows and walk up the spiral staircases into the gallery.  more »
  • August 11, 2017
    I found this church to be very interesting, mostly because of the clock located on the side facing the square. I also liked the little alley leading from it to the Town hall square. Across it is the g...  more »
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  • December 8, 2016
    The exterior clock is probably the most photographed tourist attraction of Tallinn. The medieval Lutheran church interior isn't too spectacular at all, but still worth a look. Abundant use of wood makes it a welcoming place. 1€.
  • March 4, 2017
    Historical and pictoral church, must see.
  • April 20, 2016
    Very nice clock on the wall!
  • February 28, 2017
    I mistook this for the town hall!
  • June 6, 2017
    Worth the visit!

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As Estonia's largest city, Tallinn has a wide range of options for accommodation during your travels. Many of these--from economical bed and breakfasts to a luxury hotels--center within the Old Town or just outside of it, giving you easy access to historical sights and a range of activities. Get more for your money by venturing a little farther away; try a guesthouse in one of the surrounding areas for an authentic Estonian experience. Be sure to book accommodation in advance if you are traveling in the summer, as hostels, hotels, and bed and breakfasts are known to book up fast for the months of July and August. This is especially true for weekends from May through to September.
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