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House of the Brotherhood of Black Heads, Tallinn

House of the Brotherhood of Black Heads, Tallinn

If you want to get a chance to see a piece of beautifully preserved Renaissance architecture in Tallinn, then you will want to visit the House of the Brotherhood of Black Heads. In fact, it is the only such surviving structure in downtown Tallinn.

From a historical perspective, the House was owned by an organization of young merchants from other countries, who worked throughout Estonia and Livonia during the late 14th Century. A house of some sort was on the property here for many years before the group purchased the land in the 16th Century. Major reconstruction took place in 1597.

From an architectural standpoint, the building reflects a Dutch interpretation of Renaissance artwork and styling. For instance, it is a two nave arched hall. The stunning painted doors are also quite Dutch in style, and are common among similar buildings located throughout the Low Countries. There is lots of ornamentation in the trim and doors of the building also.

The institution is open to the general public every day of the week from 10:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. The best part is that admission is free. Occasionally, the location is used as a venue for concerts and conferences.

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Sight Name: House of the Brotherhood of Black Heads
Sight Location: Tallinn, Estonia
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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