Attractions & museums

    Church of the Transfiguration of Our Lord in Tallinn

    This Russian Orthodox church on Old Town's Suur-Kloostri street features a rich interior and a complex history.

    The first building on this site was probably a chapel erected in 1219 to honour the Danish victory over the Estonians. That battle, according to legend, gave the Danes their flag, the Danneborg.

    Nearby, the second of Tallinn's two medieval convents - St. Michael's Cistercian Nunnery - was established. The nunnery continued to operate for about a century after the Reformation and was finally closed in 1629. The church rooms were then used by Estonia's first grade school (present day Gustav Adolf Gymnasium) and by Tallinn's first printing house. Later they were turned into a Swedish garrison, which became a Russian garrison after the Great Northern War. That garrison was rebuilt, with the help of architect A. Melnikov, as the Church of the Transfiguration of Our Lord in 1732.

    The present spire with its Baroque helmet was added in 1776. This church is also home to what is now the oldest church bell in town, designed by Matthias Beninck in 1575). Its magnificent, Baroque iconostasis differs from those of other Orthodox churches in that there is a pulpit at its centre.


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    • Off the beaten path

      tripadvisor rating 4 of 5
      August 12, 2016 By QuickWhitTravel

      Tallinn is not very big, but we did have to hunt a bit to find this church. It seems closed to the public, at least at non-church times, so you just have to take it in from the outside.

    • Спасо-Преображенский собор

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      January 27, 2022 By Talant2007

      Спасо-Преображенский собор — православная церковь в Таллине, перестроенная в 1732 году из церкви существовавшего здесь прежде женского цистерцианского монастыря Святого Михаила, уже закрытого к этому... Read more comments

    • クリームイエローの上品な教会

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      April 8, 2020 By kasumi453

      タリン旧市街の北西側、「修道女の塔」の近くにあるクリームイエローの「キリスト変容教会」。 城壁沿いをぐるりと散策してい途中に訪問してきました。 かつての聖ミカエル修道院の教会だそうです。 祭壇がとても立派で見ごたえがありました。