Town Hall Pharmacy, Tallinn
The Town Hall Pharmacy is the oldest in Europe that has continually operated from the same premises. It was first mentioned in town records in 1422, when an apothecary by the name of Nyclawes was summoned to a session of the town's rulers. In addition to selling modern medicines, the pharmacy today also sells mementos of times past.
La farmacia de la plaza del ayto es la más antigua de Europa que ha funcionado continuamente desde las mismas instalaciones. Se mencionó por primera vez en los registros de la ciudad en 1422, cuando un boticario con el nombre de Nyclawes fue convocado a una reunión de los gobernantes de la ciudad. Además de la venta de las medicinas modernas, hoy la farmacia también vende recuerdos de tiempos pasados.
On the opposite side of Raekoja Plats to the Town Hall itself you will find the Town Hall Pharmacy or Raeapteek. This asserts itself to be “the oldest pharmacy in Europe that has continuously been in business in the same building”. The exact date of its first opening here is unknown, but it is evident from council documents that in 1422 it was already under its third owner, so early 15th century seems likely.
Unfortunately the building had not yet opened for the day when I passed by, and I never got round to a return visit. However they were getting ready to open and the great wooden doors stood open, so I was able to take a few steps inside and see the old pharmacy itself, which has been fitted out not as a replica of the past, as the original appearance is unknown, but in the style that it would most likely have had, based on documented evidence of European pharmacies in general.
Talking for the doors (photo two), these are worth seeing and are outstanding even among the many attractive doors here in Tallinn (see next tip). When opened, they reveal intertwining snakes symbolic of the medical profession. Inside, there is still an operating pharmacy, selling modern goods and also some inspired by the past, such as herbal teas, spices for mulled claret, old-fashioned soaps and more. The website also mentions classes in herbal remedies, marzipan and bread making, but no information is given about times, costs etc.
Next tip: the many doors of Tallinn
The Raeapteek is Talinn’s old Town Hall Pharmacy and it’s located in the centre of town, on town hall square. As you can see from a sign, it was already established in 1422 – therefore making it one of the oldest continuously running pharmacies in Europe and the medical establishment in the city.
The pharmacy is now a modern one, selling modern medicines, but attached to it you can visit the museum of the old pharmacy and see old chemist tools and jars of medical herbs and more 8read: bat powder, snake skin and so on).
It is said, that this pharmacy is one of the oldest still working pharmacies in Europe. The work of old pharmacy was firstly mentioned even in the year of 1422. Nowadays pharmacy sells modern medicine.
The building itself for me doesn't look so impressive and in some ways it looks like built not long ago, it differs from other town hall square buildings.
Open Mon-Fri 9am - 7pm, Sat 9am - 5pm.
This is one of the oldest running pharmacies in Europe dating back from 1422. There is even a small exhibition room displaying antique pharmacy equipment, archiac medicines and similar artefacts. Open Mon-Fri 9am-7pm and Sat 9am-5pm
Town Hall Pharmacy is one of the oldest pharmacies still functioning in its original spot in all of Europe.
The pharmacy was first mentioned in historical documents in 1422, but by some accounts, it may be older still. The town council-governed pharmacy sold many other goods besides medicine.
Over the centuries, it has changed slightly, but it still retains the flavour of bygone days, while it sells modern medicines. Medieval medicinal ingredients like bat powder and snakeskin are no longer available, but you can still try the fine spiced claret, renowned already in the Middle Ages.
Mon-Fri 9.00-19.00, Sat 9.00-17.00
Here on Town Hall Square, we find one of the oldest continuously running pharmacies in Europe.
In Medieval times patients could buy mummy juice and burnt bees for treatment, and healthy folks could even drop in for a glass of spiced wine. Keeping up with the times, the pharmacy sells the usual aspirin and condoms, but part of the shop is also a museum, displaying old medical instruments and other curiosities.
Open daily :09:00-19:00
The Old Pharmacy is located on the corner of the Town Hall Square. It was first mentioned in 1422, but it was approximately erected in 13th century. Although it has been remodeled several times over the centuries it preserved its flair of the mediaeval times.
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