The nun's monastery of St. Michael is built in Tallinn

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1249

In 1249, Danes built the monastery of St. Michael to the location of the chapel of St. Wenceslas. The chapel was turned into a church, next to it a convent building, rooms for the abbess and side facilities were built. The monastery of St. Michael is one of the oldest in Tallinn and thus it held more privileges than other monasteries, privileges that it tried to expand by forging documents. For example, one of the documents claimed that the monastery was founded by Danish king in 1093.

The monastery of St. Michael operated as a catholic institution until 1543, after that as a protestant charity organization, loosing all the characteristics of a monastery by 1599. In 1629, the former monastery, which had been turned into a school for girls, was closed once and for all, and its assets went to the gymnasium of Gustav Adolf, which opened in 1631.

Image displays the church of the monastery, that during the following centuries, was significantly changed.

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


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