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    St Catherine's Passage

    Easily the most picturesque of Old Town's lanes, this half-hidden walkway runs behind what used to be St. Catherine's Church. 

    It connects Vene street with the Müürivahe street where the town's famous knit market operates. 

    What makes the passage particularly interesting is that it's home to the St. Catherine's Guild, a collection of craft workshops where artists use traditional methods to create and sell glassware, hats, quilts, ceramics, jewellery, hand-painted silk and other wares. The workshops are housed in the small, 15th- to 17th-century rooms on the south side of the lane, and are set up in an open-studio fashion so visitors can watch the artists at work, be it glass-blowing, weaving or pottery making.

    As absorbing as these displays can be, St. Catherine's passage is more about ambience than anything else. No other place in Tallinn combines creativity with a medieval atmosphere quite like it.


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    • Nice and medieval

      tripadvisor rating 4 of 5
      September 27, 2021 By Laurens H

      It had a nice medieval feel to it, but the shops in the passageway are not as 'medieval' as I had hoped prior to my visit. However, you will come across this nice passage eventually. Very picturesque.

    • The medieval feel at its best

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      September 16, 2021 By Mikael F

      Katariina käik, formerly known as the Monk's Alley, is certainly one of the most beautiful places in the entire Old Town of Tallinn. The name of the alley comes from the church of Catherine... Read more comments

    • The Old City

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      October 19, 2020 By Thomas V

      This was part of our walking tour of the city and we were happy to include it as it's a charming area full of old history.