Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Exploring the Ruins of Pirita Convent / Pirita Klooster

Each time I visit Estonia I like to discover new places which I have not been to before. After discovering that my great-great-grandfather owned a tavern in Pirita during the early 1900s I was naturally eager to explore the area. Pirita is only a short 5 km away from the centre of Tallinn and in the early 20th century it became a popular spot for bathing and water sports. Although Pirita tavern fell into ruin and no longer exists, another prominent landmark in the area, Pirita Convent, holds much intrigue and is a must see when visiting the area.

Pirita Convent (left) Pirita Tavern (right) ca.1930

Pirita Convent (Estonian: Pirita klooster) was a monastery, for both monks and nuns dedicated to St. Brigitta, It was built during the 1400s then looted and destroyed by Russian soldiers under the leadership of Ivan the Terrible in 1577. The ruins can still be seen today.

The massive façade, walls, cellars and graveyard have survived. The ruins are a beloved venue for summer concerts.

The main church of the monastery was consecrated on August 15, 1436 by the Bishop of Tallinn Heinrich II.

The convent was burnt down but its solid foundations remain.

There are several corridors and passageways to explore.

The rear of the convent.


The new convent is located only a few metres from the original building.

For more information, please click here Pirita Convent