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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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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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  • 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 »
  • The setting of the Catholic Cathedral of St Peter and St Paul is in a nice courtyard. There is seating outside, where you can feel the peace and tranquil of the setting. There is a little water founta...  more »
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  • 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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  • The beautiful church of the vakjda the only Catholic in Tallinn
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