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St. John's Church, Tartu

Categories: Sacred & Religious Sites, Tourist Spots
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4.1/5 based on 70 reviews on the web
Visit the red-brick Gothic St. John's Church, famous for a large number of small terra-cotta figurines in its exterior niches. Founded in the 14th century, it has been destroyed and reconstructed several times. Visit the medieval structure and look for faces built into the outside walls: they represent either average citizens or the royal persons of Estonia. Originally, there were more than 1,000--today you can see about 200 decorative clay faces, as well as a selection of preserved sculptures. Although carefully reconstructed from the outside, the interior parts were left in ruins. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to St. John's Church and many more Tartu attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Tartu trip builder.
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  • Although it is really mostly a restored ruin, you should go there anyway. The Church is not very special but there is a magnificent collection of medieval terracotta figurines, all different, all unique. Come and see!
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  • This is a must see in Tartu. This medieval church has now been renovated and looks surprisingly beautiful! you can visit it for free, but you have to pay if you want to take pictures. 
  • Immediately clear that this is a medieval church. Looks majestic, monumental, a bit strict, but very nice. Located in the heart of the city, so when you walk past the pass, its Tower, by the way, can be seen from afar.
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