Holy Spirit Church (Puhavaimu Kirik), Tallinn

Holy Spirit Church (Puhavaimu Kirik), Tallinn (must see)

There is a lot of historicity associated with the Holy Spirit Church of Tallinn. In 1531, they became the very first church to hold regular worship services in Estonian. The pastor at the time was Johann Koell, who also happens to be the person who authored the oldest surviving book known that was written in Estonian. With the assistance of Pastor Simon Wanradt from the St. Nicholas Church, they compiled a short catechism for the people in German and Estonian. It was published circa 1535.

Pastor Balthasar Russow of the Holy Spirit Church is another famous author/clergyperson from the organization. He wrote a history book on the countries of Estonia and Livonia, as well as the war that happened between both countries in the 16th Century.

The building dates back to the 1200s, which also served as an almshouse church and chapel for the magistrate of Tallinn. From an architectural perspective, the locals call the church the museum of styles, because the sanctuary and altar have artifacts from the medieval, Baroque, and Renaissance periods. You will also want to see the woodcarvings on the balcony that were done by Elert Thiele, as well as the arch and pews. The work is exquisite. The church bell here is also the oldest surviving in the country, dating back to 1433.

The church holds services in English, every Sunday at 3.00 p.m.

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Sight Name: Holy Spirit Church (Puhavaimu Kirik)
Sight Location: Tallinn, Estonia
Sight Type: Religious
Guide(s) containing this sight: City Orientation Walk   Religious Buildings of Tallinn   Tallinn Medieval Old Town  

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