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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  • Jaanovskaja Church (or. John the Baptist) is a major landmark in brick Gothic style (there are and such). At least, this style is distributed in Nordic and Baltic countries. The old church was built back in 14-th century, but gives the impression of novodela. The reason is simple-the great damage done to the Church during the 2nd world war and subsequent recovery, burned in the sense of history (the Church was re-discovered in 2005). Inside are all quite modestly, on the façade (including inside) partially preserved interesting sculptures made of baked clay at the Bible, etc. themes. The pociej Chapel of Lübeck as a reminder of the Hanseatic period and important status of Tartu in trade relations between Russia and Lubeck. Free entrance into the Church. For a fee, you can climb the observation deck (1.5 euro) or photo (1 euro). That's such an extraordinary object can be seen in Tartu.
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  • St. John or Janni church is fine example of Baltic brick gothic style from 14th century. Exterior is quite impresive and intersting but inside is very plan and simple without any decoration. Most famo...  more »
  • Church restored. Restored simply gorgeous-pass service, played on the organ. On the first floor there is an exhibition of antique pianos and grand pianos. There is a possibility to climb up to the Town Hall. BUT. If you have acrophobia-ponder this desire. There are pretty scary. Visit Church-free, visit City Hall I think about 1.5 euros.
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  • The tower is definitely worth of claiming up 135 stairs. It costs 2 euros for adult and 1.5 eur for pupil.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Nice organ music, but they ask 1 euro for photos.
  • A very historic church with interesting pieces of history.
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