Like many other medieval cities, Tallinn can boast a number of historic churches and cathedrals. Most are located in the Old Town and are still functioning.
Estonia is the most non-religious country in Europe, according to the Eurobarometer Poll in 2010 only 18% of Estonian citizens responded that "they believe there is a God". But churches have played an important role in Estonia’s culture and politics ever since the arrival of the crusaders in the 13th century.
The catheral was designed by Mikhail Preobrazhensky in a Russian Revival style between 1894 and 1900. Estonia was then part of the Russian Empire.Instagram
The cathedral is dedicated to Saint Alexander Nevsky who in 1242 won the Battle of the Ice on Lake Peipus, in the territorial waters of present-day Estonia.Instagram
Alexander Nevsky Cathedral was disliked by many Estonians as a symbol of oppression and was scheduled for demolition in 1924, but the decision wasn't implemented due to lack of funds.Instagram
Now the cathedral is one of Tallinn's tourist landmarks.
Charles Church is a Lutheran church built in XIX century by Otto Pius Hippius.Instagram
The church is designed in the tradition of Western European Cathedrals and built in a Romanesque Revival style.
The Church of the Holy Ghost or Church of the Holy Spirit is a medieval Lutheran church in Tallinn Old Town.Instagram
It is located behind Raekoja plats, a town square beside Tallinn Town Hall.Instagram
The church was mentioned in written sources for the first time in 1319.Instagram
Church of the Holy Ghost was the first church to hold services in Estonian.
St. John's Church is a large Lutheran parish church dedicated to Saint John the Evangelist.Instagram
The church is built in the neo-Gothic style, construction began in 1862, and the church was opened in 1867.Instagram
The church is built on the eastern edge of Freedom Square, and dominates the square architecturally.
The Cathedral of Saint Mary the Virgin in Tallinn, also known as Dome Church, is a cathedral church located on Toompea Hill.Instagram
Originally established by Danes in the 13th century, it is one of the oldest churches in mainland Estonia.Instagram
It is also the only building in Toompea which survived a 17th-century fire.
St Michael's Church is a Lutheran church used by the Swedish congregation in the Old Town of Tallinn.Instagram
For some years during the early 1700s it was used as a garrison church by Russian military.
St. Nicholas' Church is a medieval former church in Tallinn, it was dedicated to Saint Nicholas, the patron of the fishermen and sailors.Instagram
The church built in the 13th century, it was partially destroyed in World War II.Instagram
It has since been restored and today houses a branch of the Art Museum of Estonia, focusing mainly on ecclesiastical art.Instagram
The former church is also used as a concert hall.
The church is believed to have been built in the 12th century.Instagram
The first known written records referring to the church date back to 1267, and it was extensively rebuilt during the 14th century.Instagram
The Soviet KGB used Oleviste's spire as a radio tower.
St. Peter and St. Paul's Cathedral is a Roman Catholic cathedral, one of a few in Estonia.Instagram
Catholicism was introduced to Estonia by force vduring the Baltic Crusades and dominated religious life during the Middle Ages. However, following the Reformation during the 16th century, Lutheranism took its place as the dominant faith.Instagram
The main architect of the cathedral was the well-known St. Petersburg architect Carlo Rossi.