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We love the ruins. I can´t say why, but we allways visit ruins in every trip we go! Crazy?
So now we visited Pirita Klooster ruins, even if it was winter. But I think you could see quite much in winter also. Some areas (maybe some aparment ruins next to church) were looking so slippery, we didn´t go there, but those were only little rooms, or what was left of them, so we saw the most important areas, and saw those too.
There was lamps at the area, it might look nice at dark, too.
In the winter it seemed to be free entrance. There was a sign saying something about tickets, but no-one sitting there.
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One of the things to see in Pirita are the ruins of the Pirita convent. The Convent of St. Brigitta was founded here in the early 15th century but destroyed during the Livonian War in 1557. It was not until 1996 that the nuns returned to this place and moved into a new building next to the ruins of the old convent.
At the time being there, the convent was closed (opening times 10-18), but by climbing on some stones I had the chance to peek inside. Within the ruins of this gothic building, there is a nice garden with a couple of sculptures. When I returned in 2011 and 2012, the convent was closed due to preparations for a concert on the same evening (2011) and adverse weather conditions (2012).
Convent of St. Brigitta
A short Bus Ride from central Tallinn, in the direction of Pirita Beach, are the extensive ruins of the Convent of St. Brigitta. The convent was established here in 1407 as an order of Brigittine monks and nuns, and was unusual in that it allowed men and women to work together. It later turned into a female only convent.
Although not much remains of the Gothic Convent, due to its destruction by Ivan the Terrible during the Livonian War in 1577, the huge 35 metre high Gothic gable end of the convent and some of the outer walls remain intact and you can see how massive the convent used to be. In front of the Gable end there is a small cemetry. The convent grounds are a popular location for outdoor concerts.
The convent is open from 10am - 6pm and there is a 10Kr entry fee
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Pirita monastery (St. Bridget convent) ruins
Pirita monastery is one of biggest gothic buildings in Tallinn. When it was not destroyed, it was very beautiful and big, I guess. It was founded in the early 15th century and after almost 200 years destroyed. Now here are ruins of monastery, old cemetery near it and newer (maybe baroque style) gates to it. New, modern, Pirita monastery was built not so far from ruins.
There is small entrance fee to see this place. It works Mon-Su 9-19. It is possible to go there only by buses (no trams) - 1, 1A, 8, 34.
Get the bus to Pirita
The Convent of St. Brigitta is in the district of Pirita some 5km east of the centre of Tallinn. It was destroyed in the 16th century with only the stone walls still remaining. The graveyard at the front of the convent has some interesting gravestones.
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