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“Dance Macabre”
Review of Niguliste Museum

Niguliste Museum
Ranked #27 of 314 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 22 February 2018

This church is a full-time museum with various part- time exhibitions and the constantly present Dance Macabre. It is very difficult to enjoy, however, as the protective shielding is totally unsuited for its task. I hope that the museum will find the resources to display the masterpiece as is deserving of it.

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"religious art"
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"danse macabre"
in 46 reviews
"st nicholas church"
in 7 reviews
"altar piece"
in 5 reviews
"silver collection"
in 3 reviews
"reflective glass"
in 3 reviews
"alter pieces"
in 3 reviews
"original church"
in 3 reviews
"on display"
in 9 reviews
"nice gift shop"
in 3 reviews
"outstanding collection"
in 2 reviews
"bombing raids"
in 2 reviews
"religious services"
in 2 reviews
"concert hall"
in 3 reviews
"no flash"
in 2 reviews
"lovely church"
in 3 reviews
"entrance fee"
in 6 reviews

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Reviewed 16 December 2017

I visited this church to see Bernt Notke's amazing gothic Dance Macabre Tapestry. This was something which I was really looking forward to in my trip to Tallinn. So it didn't bother me that we had to pay an entrance fee for the church. It also didn't bother me that as we were looking around the church, the church member of staff followed us around like a KGB agent. But what did bother me was how poorly Bernt Notke's Masterpiece was on display. The tapestry is absolutely amazing and is displayed on the main part of a wall. But it is put on display very poorly behind a reflective plastic/glass cover. Which shows a lot of the reflections of the display lighting. So it is rather difficult to make out and see and appreciate this amazing masterpiece. They have obviously never heard of museum quality non reflective glass. Photography is allowed within the church with no flash, however tripods are not allowed. But I took a Joby Gorillapod with me and they were OK with that. And thankfully using that, I was able to extract a fairly decent HDR image of the tapestry. The Danse Macabre is an amazing piece to see. It would just be great if they would just do it some justice and display it better.

2  Thank J C
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Reviewed 1 December 2017

This was originally built as a church in the 13th century. It is now magnificent art museum with spectacular religious artifacts as well some other art pieces. Its status as a church is still prevalent and sets a beautiful stage for the religious exhibits. There are easy to read and follow descriptions. Located close to numerous other attractions it is easy to incorporate into your agenda. Of great interest to anyone with religious, historical or architectural curiosities . An important stop on any visit to Tallinn.

1  Thank CATTSAR
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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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