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“Silent sanctuary”

Dominican Monastery Claustrum
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2-Hour Guided Walking Tour of Tallinn
Reviewed 27 November 2014

The remains of the Dominican Monastery are very tucked away and as a result see few tourists. The entrance is off St Catherine's Passage, between Muurivahe & Vene St. Look out for signs with a spotted dog on, this is the symbol of Dominicans. In medieval times the monks where called Domini Canes (Dogs of God) and wore white robes with black capes. This monastery was founded in 1246 and is one of the oldest buildings in town. Standing in the central courtyard beside a well you feel very cut off from the rest of the old town. Steps lead up into the museum where you can visit the monks living quarters, dormitory, library and refectory. There is a fine collection of stone carvings, including a mysterious energy pillar in the basement.

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Reviewed 23 July 2014

Right next to the defense wall of the old town, this beautiful, little monastery from the 13th century provides a peaceful place amidst an otherwise noisy, tourist-y area. An old woman, who has rehearsed her introductory speech in a multitude of languages, greets you in the monks' dormitory as you've climbed the narrow steps to the entrance. The monastery holds a library, sacristy, chapel and other small rooms. A short visit, and we would have liked to see more information about the different rooms, but truly remarkable. 3 euro entrance fee.

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Reviewed 2 December 2013

This is one of the most peaceful places we have ever visited. The buildings are extremely old; some parts are from the 13th century. The whole area has charm and a beauty quite distinct from anywhere else we saw in Tallinn. This wonderful little spot could very easily be missed; we recommend that you don’t overlook it. It is quite easy to find, being just along the road from the bottom of St Catherine’s Passage.

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Reviewed 19 August 2013

The chambers within the claustrum are pin-drop quiet, something to do with the thickness of the walls. A lovely quiet place with a bare bones fit out that you can well associate with monastery life..

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Reviewed 15 July 2013

Take a time and visit also the museum of monastery, what situated just nearby. Actually one of the oldest buildings in Old Town of Tallinn. Ticket is just 2 EUR's for adults.

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