Travel Tip: Holy Birgitta Monastery

by Travel Expressions - Tallinn, Estonia -

The Holy Birgitta Monastery, also known as the Pirita convent, is a consecrated place for Scandinavian female saints and a national landmark of 16th century catacombs and ruins. The convent is a solemn but beautiful and introspective holy space, self-defined as ecumenical, perfect for visitors seeking quietude and contemplation.

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The St. Bridget’s Convent in Tallinn convent has a deep history dating back 500 years. The convent and guesthouse are situated only 7km from medieval old town, just a few hundred meters from the sandy beach of the Baltic Sea, easily accessible to the town center by public transport. They are also connected by a scenic walking road built along the sea, with views to the old town and the Tallinn bay.

The convent ruins are part of a picturesque park, with a museum opened year around. Regular admission is only 2 Euros.

During the summers the convent hosts many concerts and cultural activities within the church. Every August a week-long Birgitta festival with operas and various concerts takes place within the walls of the old church, peaking with Convent Day on August 15. The day includes concerts, activities and events for children and adults, all free of charge.

The Bridgettine sisters have a long standing tradition of offering lodgings and welcoming guests at their convent’s guesthouses. Though they are a Catholic order, all religious backgrounds are welcome. The modern guesthouse of the convent is located just next to the medieval ruins of the majestic Bridgettine convent.

Prices for rooms per single, double, triple or 4 persons are respectively 34, 47, 62, 80 Euros ($49, $67, $89, $114 USD). Payment should be made in cash. Price includes breakfast and parking; lunch and dinner are available upon request. Every room has a separate shower, Internet connection, phone. All guests have access to the multi-lingual library, computer facilities, conference room and TV-room.

The money earned from the guesthouse goes towards various social projects.

Address: Merivälja tee 18, TALLINN 11911 
Location: Pirita beach area, 5km from the city center 
Tel:             +372 605 5000      

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