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House of the Brotherhood of Blackheads


In 1531 the Blackheads purchased the house from council member Johann Viant and started rebuilding it in then ultramodern Renaissance style, performing by that a great favour to Tallinn – the House of the Blackheads has remained Tallinn’s most prominent and in several details, unique example of Renaissance architecture. In addition to the house, the Blackheads had other property of remarkable artistic value: paintings, silverware, a Virgin Mary altar ordered from Bruges, the religious paraphernalia acquired for the Dominican church, ship models etc. Today the Blackheads’ treasures are kept in the Tallinn City Museum and the Estonian Museum of Art.