The Largest Medieval Church – St. Catherine’s Church
St. Catherine’s Church History
The largest church in medieval Northern Europe and contemporary Tallinn, St. Catherine’s Church (Püha Katariina kirik) with its wonderful aura and acoustics has become a popular venue for concerts, plays, and exhibitions.
The part used as a concert hall is actually the ruins of the church that was rented to a merchant called Koch by the city in the 19th century; the ruins were converted into a granary and a warehouse. Moreover, the ruins of St. Catherine’s have seen versatile use as a car repair workshop, warehouse, for film industry purposes, etc. – everything that requires a large room with a high ceiling.
*In recent decades, the local community has brought education and culture back to this house of God.
St. Catherine’s Passage
One of the prettiest little walkways in all of Old Town, the medieval St. Catherine’s passage connects Vene and Müürivahe streets (where the town’s famous knit market operates).
On the northern portion of the passage you can find what’s left of St. Catherine’s Church (hence the passage name) and various large, ancient tombstones that used to line the inside of the sanctuary.
What makes the passage particularly interesting is that it’s home to the St. Catherine’s Guild, a collection of craft workshops where artists use traditional methods to create and sell glassware, hats, quilts, ceramics, jewellery, hand-painted silk and other wares.
The workshops are housed in the small, 15th- to 17th-century rooms on the south side of the lane, and are set up in an open-studio fashion so visitors can watch the artists at work, be it glass-blowing, weaving or pottery making.
* Most local and travellers treat this place as the best hiking spot, with all these fine pebbles roads.
St. Catherine’s Church Visit Information
Address: Katariina Kaik, Old Town, Tallinn.
Contact: Not Available
Open Hours: 10.00 am – 05.00 pm (Mon-Sun)