St. John's Church, Tartu

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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. Take a look at our Tartu online road trip planner to schedule your visit to St. John's Church and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • August 17, 2017
    Catholic Church of 14 century, partially restored. Gothic even in an imperfect form of beautiful: red brick, terracotta portraits of Saints. You can climb the tower. (2 euro) in the temple might put candles. Entrance is free of charge. Shooting 1 euro.
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  • July 15, 2017
    Old church (1200-1300). Free to enter. A euro to take photos. Interesting terra-cotta sculptures throughout. All brick structure which is just beautiful. You can see how the ground has settled as some...  more »
  • July 11, 2017
    This church is the oldest one in Tartu. Built in the 13th century from red bricks. Famous for its unique terracotta sculptures. Has been restored well after world war II and is still a actively servin...  more »
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  • May 22, 2017
    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.
  • April 6, 2017
    The tower is definitely worth of claiming up 135 stairs. It costs 2 euros for adult and 1.5 eur for pupil.
  • May 7, 2017
    Nice organ music, but they ask 1 euro for photos.
  • December 25, 2016
    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.
  • January 5, 2017
    A very historic church with interesting pieces of history.

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