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St. John's Church, Tartu

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Religious Site
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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  • A beautiful church of reddish color that had to be reconstructed after the great northern war and the second world war, normally you find marked on the tourist maps of the city of Tartu being part of the tour of the historic centre.
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  • Go around the Church around, find the funny faces on one side or the other, they are all different. Nearby stands a House with a dragon on the drainpipe, you can make fun of the Church and shot this Dragon.
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  • Locals are offering up a prayer. Gently disturb and tourism rather than felt. In the Church is immediately to the left of souvenirs, small grocery shops are cute.
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  • 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.
  • Good looking historic place.
  • Historic church.
  • Nice place!