St. Peter and St. Paul's Cathedral, 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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  • Our cruise ship was in port on a Sunday. We fell upon this church at 4:30 pm. The bells were ringing and we hurried inside to attend Mass. The Mass was in Estonian, but a number of the prayers were in...  more »
  • In contrast to the churches on the Hill, the Catholic Cathedral seems rather inconspicuous. However, they really liked us.
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  • This church is kept rather simple for a Catholic Church. She is in a very good condition. However, I could visit them only for a brief moment, because then a mass was held. The courtyard in front of the Church with a stature gives the church a calm atmosphere. Certainly, there are churches that are richer. Still need hide this church in any way.
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  • Nice quiet courtyard in front. Shares a cloister walk with St. Katherine's Monestary in the back. (2 euro to go see it) Very quiet, peaceful and gorgeous. Highly recommend.
  • One if the many religious buildings in the old town. Maybe not one of the most impressive but the little courtyard in front of it is a really silent and peaceful place!
  • There is nice courtyard behind the gate
  • St. Peter and St. Paul's Cathedral (Cathedral of STS. Peter and Paul). Very cosy shrine in the old city. Quiet and tranquil. The distinctive place-yard behind the wall with a small garden where you can sit by the fountain and relax. The current church, observe silence!
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  • If you're Catholic you can not miss a mass here. The architecture is not be a pass but is quite nice.
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