Pirita monastery is built

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1417

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Idea to build a monastery to Pirita likely came from the merchants of Tallinn, around 1400. The Order of St. Brigitte, originating from Sweden, was a very young and swiftly expanding organization, its monasteries were build all around the Baltic Sea. In 1407, the representatives of the Order of St. Brigitte arrived in Tallinn, and took a look on the site of the future monastery. In 1412, first nuns arrived, but construction works did not begin until 1417. The main building was ready by 1436, and the habitants moved in. St. Brigitte's monastery was located outside Tallinn, on the lands of the Livonian Order, and was thus able to act more freely than the monasteries inside the town walls. Latter often quarreled with the Town Council. There were confrontations between the monastery and Tallinn's Town Council, but latter could not directly intervene. The monastery in Pirita was active until the beginning of the Livonian War, until the Russian forces torched it in 1577.

Source: Jaan Tamm. Eesti keskaegsed kloostrid = Medieval monasteries of Estonia. Tallinn: Eesti Entsüklopeediakirjastus, 2002.

 


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