The presumed construction of St. Wenceslas chapel

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July 1219

Danish-Estonian-German historian Paul Johansen has put forward an idea, that in 1219, building of the chapel of St. Wenceslas began in Tallinn. It was assumably built as a mark gratitude for a victory in a battle in 1219, where the army of Russian prince Vitslav had played a large role. Only 30 years later, the chapel was expanded and built to a monastery for Cistercian nuns, receiving the name of St. Michael's. During the earlier times, however, it has been recorded under the name St. Wenceslas, which lead Johansen to assume, that before the monastery, the chapel of St. Wenceslas was located there.

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


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