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The Holy Spirit Church

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Category Architectural sightseeings, Churches
Location
Pühavaimu 2, Kesklinn, Tallinn, Harjumaa, 10123
Coordinates 59.438202, 24.745733
GPS: 59° 26' 18" N, 24° 44' 45" E
Phone (+372) 644 1487
E-mail tallinna.puhavaimu@eelk.ee
Website http://www.eelk.ee/tallinna.puhavaimu

Just off Town Hall Square stands a radiant, white church with an octagonal tower. This is the 14th-century Holy Spirit Church, a spectacular structure both inside and out.

The elaborate painted clock on its façade is Tallinn's oldest public timepiece, dating to the late 17th century. But don't miss the carved wood interior which includes such treasures as a unique 15th century altar by the famous Lübeck artist Bernt Notke, and one of the oldest pulpits in Estonia, dating to 1597.

The church was originally founded as part of the neighbouring Holy Spirit Almshouse, which tended to the town's sick and elderly. Throughout Medieval times it remained the primary church of the common folk. After the Reformation, it was here the first sermons were ever given in the Estonian language (as opposed to German), and a catechism published in 1535 by the church's pastor Johann Koell is thought to be the first book in Estonian. 

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