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The House of the Brotherhood of Black Heads is the only surviving Renaissance building in Tallinn. A residence probably existed at this location already in the 14th century. The Brotherhood of Black Heads bought the property in the first half of the...more
Pikk 26, Tallinn 10133, Estonia
+372 631 3199
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 26 September 2012

Brush up on this one. The Black Heads were theyoung Business Class men of the Town. This was the exclusive unmarried Mens' Club - purpose - dating and marrying in the days before internet and social networking, how to keep the young up and coming...More

4  Thank Robyn E
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 23 May 2015

Located in the old town, the building was not open when we were there. However we saw the door with the blackhead placed between the lions. The door was surprisingly low and people were keen to have their photo taken at it.

2  Thank warboys
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This is somewhat smaller and less ornate to its better known Riga counterpart, but the building served the same function nevertheless as headquarters for the organisation which bears its name. Although it is not open to the public, it is worth a stop no doubt...More

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Reviewed 8 September 2018

Nice place for taking pictures in front of the excellent decorative door and where concerts are performed.

Thank George A
Reviewed 21 July 2018

This central structure, completely destroyed by German, then Russian bombing in/after WW2, has been restored in detail and offers a fascinating glimpse into medieval culture, with a twist. The House was and is really a social benevolent club, started by a group of male traders...More

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Reviewed 2 July 2018

The Brotherhood of the Blackheads is an association of local unmarried merchants, ship owners, and foreigners in Estonia and Latvia. It was founded as a military organization but the non-military aspects of the association gradually became more pronounced until the Brotherhood became a predominantly social...More

Thank WW_Traveller023
Reviewed 10 November 2017

This is very different then the one in Riga. It is actually not truly open to the public but used as center for affairs and performances. The upper floors are private and I believe house offices. However, the women in charge was kind enough to...More

Reviewed 2 October 2017

As I mentioned before, this street of Pikk was a truly revelation for us, in the sense of the beauty of the buildings situated there. Just starting almost from Raekoda Plats and going upward, there are on both sides of street a plenty of beautiful...More

Thank Oleg Y
Reviewed 14 August 2017 via mobile

After a quick explanation about the history of this house. I was impressed with the history. I especially like the way they used to haul their stock up to the storage areas at the top of the house.

1  Thank My_chicken_and_I
Reviewed 28 May 2017

When we visited Tallinn the building was covered in scaffolding so nothing to see inside and little outside. The entrance door however was still visible and impressive.

1  Thank OandA-London
Reviewed 3 April 2017

During a walk of the old town, we visited many awesome sights/sites. This building houses the professional association of ship owners, merchants, and foreigners. Of note is the green and red stripped door with gold flowerettes. Above the door is a colourful carving of the...More

1  Thank JnVSydney
Reviewed 31 January 2017

This building historically is known as a professional association of ship owners, merchants and foreigners.

1  Thank kiltmaker2
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