Attractions & museums

    Orthodox Church of St. Nicholas

    This gorgeous structure at the north end of Vene street was the first neoclassical church built in Tallinn.   

    The church, with its twin bell towers and copper dome, was designed by St. Petersburg court architect Luigi Rusca and built in 1820-27.

    The church's history, however, goes back much further. As far back as the 12th century, a marketplace for Russian merchants operated here in the Sulevimäe and Vene St. area of Tallinn. In 1442, when the town wall was being rebuilt, the church that stood at the centre of that market was replaced by a new one at Vene. 24, where the present building now stands.

    Drop inside to get a glimpse of the church's treasured iconostasis. Here you'll also find booklets about the church, postcards, souvenirs, and religious literature on sale.

    The Orthodox congregation that maintains the church belongs to the Moscow patriarchate.


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    • Beautiful Church

      tripadvisor rating 3 of 5
      August 28, 2020 By Paul R

      Really beautiful and peaceful Church but no-one really welcomed us in. But no charge for visiting- request for donations- which I prefer.

    • Nice Russian Church

      tripadvisor rating 4 of 5
      May 23, 2020 By niksk001

      Church architecture may not be as impressive, as some Russian Orthdox icons is has inside. It is a working church, so no picturea are allowed (though some people still take them), but you still can... Read more comments

    • visit July 2019

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      March 19, 2020 By Bonita B

      a must when visiting the Old Town of Tallinn, interesting architecture and very valuable icons. Unfortunately they do not allow you to take photos.