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“Medieval Art Treasures”
Review of Niguliste Museum

Niguliste Museum
Ranked #27 of 315 things to do in Tallinn
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Owner description: Founded in the first half of the 13th century, this church was dedicated to St. Nicholas, the patron saint of merchants and seafarers, remained active as a place of worship until World War II and reopened in 1984 as a subsidiary of the Art Museum of Estonia.
Reviewed 29 November 2017

The church was originally built in 13th century, it is now part of the Estonian Art Museum.

The most famous collection: Danse Macabre (the Dance of the Death), a huge painting by the Lubeck master Bernt Notke, painted in 1466.

The other treasures include the 15th century Retable of the High Altar by Herman Rode, an altarpiece by Brugge master Isenbrandt.

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Reviewed 22 November 2017

On approach we had a terrific vista of the white tower soaring heavenwards. The former St Nicholas Church, believed to have its origins in the early 13th century, was restored in the 1980s after its destruction in the second world war.

The exhibitions of religious art are very good, having numerous priceless materials and artifacts. These include exquisite altarpieces, gorgeous chandeliers and superlative silver works.

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Reviewed 22 October 2017

I visited various churches while I was in Tallinn, and the Niguliste Church was easily my favourite, very beautiful, and was very well presented for tourists. I would definitely recommend it! The altarpieces are excellent, and the Danse Macabre is an absolute must-see!

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Reviewed 11 October 2017

There are 2 structures that carry the same name: the Russian Orthodox church by this same name is located at the other end of Old Town from this St. Nicholas church which is now a museum. The Russian church is kind of a pink color and was built in the 1800's.

The differences are more pronounced. The "other" St. Nicholas began its life as a medieval church built in the 1200's and it is located in south Old Town (opposite side from the Russian church). Melting lead and pouring it into the locks to the church stopped marauding Protestant hordes from destroying the church's venerated treasures during the 1500's. It was the only church to escape the fate all others suffered.

Between 1944 (WWII) damage and a fire in 1882, the church (post-restoration) began life as a museum when, in 1984, it was "inaugerated" (read that to mean "repurposed") as something other than a consecrated church. It is a museum and a concert hall. The museum displays (mostly medieval) religious art and related historical memorabilia.

There is a fee for entry but there is a lot to see before going into the museum. Time is a hard taskmaster and we tourists never seem to have enough of it.

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Reviewed 10 October 2017

This church puts many important elemensts of Estonian history into perspective. Established on the 13th century. I recommend to do a quick search with google about this place before the visit. Today you will see, on top of the great building, a comprehensive collection of religious art from the 15th and 16th century. The church is today a museum and a venue for e.g. concerts. Most importantly, this church is an evidence of the persistency of the people who have lived and live in Estonia. The church was destroyed in 1944 by the Russians but the Estonian people re-built it. To get into the mood to face the medieval history of Estonia and Tallinn, I recomment to read a masterpiece. Jaan Kross: "Das Leben des Balthasar Rüssow".

Thank Seppo P
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