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Photo: Toomas Tuul
Photo: Toomas Tuul

    Kaarli Church on Toompea, Tallinn

    Tallinn's grandest 19th-century church sets itself apart with its twin steeples, immense size and neo-Roman style.

    It was built from 1862 to 1882 as a long overdue replacement for the original Kaarli Church, itself founded in 1670 on the order of Sweden's King Charles XI. Like many wooden structures located outside the city wall, the first Kaarli Church burned down during the Great Northern War in the early 1700s.

    Architect Otto Pius Hippius from St. Petersburg built the present limestone church using a special arch technique that gave it a vast, open interior.

    The Kaarli Church is home to the first Estonian fresco, “Come to Me,” painted in 1879 by famed Tallinn artist Johann Köler. It also boasts the country's largest church organ, installed in 1924. With its wonderful acoustics and seating capacity of 1,500, the church is often used as a venue for concerts.

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    • Interesting

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      September 3, 2018 By Zhukov

      On the edge of the Old Town on the way to the Ocvupation museum from Freedom Square. One of many religious churches and cathedrals in Tallinn

    • A nice church outside of Old Town

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      August 27, 2018 By KingL331

      The Kaarli Church is across the road from the National Library. It is technically located outside the Old Town, a short walk from the Museum or Occupation History. It is another majestic-looking... Read more comments

    • Different small church

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      March 30, 2018 By rezasattarzadeh

      Kaarli church is not like the other churches in Tallinn and has got its own unique architecture. You might find it not open at certain times of the day, though the interior is pretty small.