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Address: Niguliste 3, Tallinn 10130, Estonia
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+372 644 9903

Founded in the first half of the 13th century, this church was dedicated to...

Founded in the first half of the 13th century, this church was dedicated to St. Nicholas, the patron saint of merchants and seafarers, remained active as a place of worship until World War II and reopened in 1984 as a subsidiary of the Art Museum of Estonia.

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Nice museum

Location of Dance with Death which is not shown to its full potential behind reflective glass which hinders the view.

Reviewed 14 March 2017
London, United Kingdom
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 14 March 2017

Location of Dance with Death which is not shown to its full potential behind reflective glass which hinders the view.

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Derby, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 March 2017

This is a mid-priced museum, at 6.50 each per adult, it takes about half an hour to see everything. The old paintings and alter pieces are beautifully preserved, and the silver room is really something to see, with pieces collected from all of the guilds of Tallinn. If you are interested in art and history, then this is worth dropping... More 

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Reviewed 18 February 2017

Nigulste church is an architectual wonder as it seems to have been added too over the centuries. What makes this church extremely special is the number of goose-bump provoking concerts you will hear. From free Sta. afternoon organ recitals to premieres of the new works of Estonian Composers Arvo Part or Helena Tulve - this is a real cultural center... More 

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Poznan, Poland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 188 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 February 2017

Mind you, there is also St.Nicholas Orthodox Church in Tallin-well worth a visit in its own right but smaller. Thee St.Nicholas is also a seat of Niguliste Museum-museum of ecclesiastical(church), predominantly medieval art . The original church interior, pews and the lot perished during WW2, when a bomb hit it. However, what is on display now takes your breath away.... More 

Thank kwiewiorowski
Moscow, Russia
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Reviewed 8 January 2017

But it is just one picture - very old, very famous and rather big, yes, but still only one! Not worth 6 euro of entrance fee, as the rest of the church is just an ordinary church. I was much more entertained by the Chrismas tree decorated with sculls and skeletons, but I don't know how long they keep it... More 

Thank MariaNightdiver
Kent, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 December 2016

We visited the museum especially to look at the dance macabre but the inside is filled with history. They have a place where they are examining the old artworks with infra red machines which has shown up interesting things beneath the original works. The old coats of arms on the tombstones are really interesting as well.

Thank mickcavell
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 November 2016

The famous danse macabre painting is not the only interesting piece of art there. The staff is very helpful and friendly

Thank mari h
Windsor, Canada
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Reviewed 12 October 2016

This is no longer a church but is an excellent art gallery and museum. This is a must see attraction while you are up in the upper old walled city area on Toompea hill. After the overlook this was the next place our guide took us. It costs 10 euros for any size family. Its about equally a museum and... More 

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Reviewed 30 September 2016

Niguliste Museum used to be a church as one can see from the architecture. Today it is a branch of the Estonian Art museum. Its most famous exhibit is Bernd Notke's 15th century masterpiece Dance Macabre. Also of note are the altar and a chamber full of silverware.

Thank Markus A. W
Basingstoke, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 26 September 2016

The Niguliste Museum is within St Nicholas Church. It is situated at the top of Toompea Hill and a short walk from Freedom Square beyond the Victory Column. The museum has art works going back to medieval times. Quite a few of the works of art came from the church itself. Most of the art depicts Estonian history and dates... More 

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