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“Austere but beautiful”
Review of St. John's Church

St. John's Church
Ranked #10 of 123 things to do in Tartu
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Reviewed 9 June 2017

It is a beautiful gothic church with some additions of baroque period but lacking any opulence of the latter. Actually it is very austere and rather bare inside, but maybe this is even for the best, because gothic architecture can be admired at its purest. Main attraction of St. Johns are terracotta figurines, of which now only (!) 200 survived (it is said there were over thousand of them). Entrance to the church is free, one euro is charged for photography.

Date of experience: June 2017
Thank acorna
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Reviewed 26 May 2017

Very sad to see the dire straights this building has got into including obvious leaning to some of the walls. Glad that restoration work is underway - you get the impression of what has been achieved and what still needs to be done. When we visited the organ was playing in preparation for a concert - which enhanced the experience of visitors.

Date of experience: May 2017
Thank BobandJosie
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Reviewed 20 October 2016

You are walking in the old city and here between the houses you see this beautiful red brick church. You can climb into the tower, but you need a ticket. You don't see a lot, but we think it's worth it :)

Date of experience: October 2016
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Reviewed 16 October 2016

For Tartu, or any other city for that matter, to have a known site escape the authoritarian communist city planning is a miracle! This one is definitely one. Simple, elegant, and different. It also has scerts of its own. It is now Lutherian but was found 300 year or so before Luther was born. Even, her style defies logic of common church. Red bricks the color of Florence church, Tower and edges like Gothic, but certain permissiveness in the angles, the curvature, etc. to embody a spirit I only think of Estonian! Church over church, time over time, but one spirit that wants to accommodate all under one roof, inside one belly!
To me, without allegiance to any church, this one is Special!

Date of experience: October 2016
Thank amalin
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Reviewed 6 October 2016

This is a must see in Tartu. This medieval church has now been renovated and looks surprisingly beautiful! you can visit it for free, but you have to pay if you want to take pictures.

Date of experience: September 2016
Thank Ana L
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