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St. John's Church, Tartu

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Religious Site Tourist Spot
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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  • It is a beautiful gothic church with some additions of baroque period but lacking any opulence of the latter. Actually it is very austere and rather bare inside, but maybe this is even for the best, b...  more »
  • Very sad to see the dire straights this building has got into including obvious leaning to some of the walls. Glad that restoration work is underway - you get the impression of what has been achieved ...  more »
  • You are walking in the old city and here between the houses you see this beautiful red brick church. You can climb into the tower, but you need a ticket. You don't see a lot, but we think it's worth i...  more »
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  • From September to May it's closed on Sunday and Monday. Heard the organ player rehearse, but couldn't say hi to a fellow organ player. Golden tip: avoid Tartu on Mondays and Tuesdays like the pest, because it's as dead and void of life like the moon.
  • The tower is definitely worth of claiming up 135 stairs. It costs 2 euros for adult and 1.5 eur for pupil.
  • Nice organ music, but they ask 1 euro for photos.
  • This gothic style church is built in 14 century and is unique in hole Europe thanks to it's terracotta sculptures mounted to the walls. Afther WW II a lot of them were destroyed but aproximately 1000 of them still remain still complete.
  • A very historic church with interesting pieces of history.