St John's Church

sights / Religious

St John's Church information

Tartu , Estonia
Street Jaani 5
observation tower adult/child €1.60/1
Opening hours
10am-6pm Tue-Sat
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Lonely Planet review

Dating to at least 1323, this imposing red-brick Lutheran church is unique for the rare terracotta sculptures placed in niches around its exterior and interior (look up). It lay in ruins and was left derelict following a Soviet bombing raid in 1944. In 2005 it reopened after 16 years of restoration. Climb the 135 steps of the 30m observation tower for a bird’s-eye view of Tartu.