The Orthodox Church of St Nicholas (Kopli) is at Treiali 6,
lying alongside the very last tram stop on the route to Kopli peninsula
(north-west of the centre of Tallinn). The peninsula overlooks the bays of Paljassaare and Kopli on either side,
and the Bay of Finland directly ahead of it. The church serves the
large Russian community in the area and forms a parish within the
Estonian Orthodox Church of Moscow Patriarchate.
The wooden-panelled church building was
consecrated on 13 November 1936 by Metropolitan Alexander (Paulus)
of Tallinn and all Estonia. While featuring some unmistakable
Orthodox additions, such as the miniature onion domes, the general
style of building is typically Estonian. The church lies in a wide
glade of grass and tall trees, which is part of a public footpath
past the building, while the sound of the sea's waters is never very
The Church of the Icon of the Mother of God, 'Joy
of All the Afflicted', is hidden from view at Sitsi 15a in Põhja-Tallinn,
behind a high wall and secure gates in one of the district's
slightly less affluent areas, and also behind a line of low wooden
buildings which are in need of repair. The tiny church was
consecrated on 12 October 1999 by Metropolitan Cornelius of Tallinn
and all Estonia (after an overhaul of the original building).
Nothing is known of the church before 1999.
Kalju Baptist Church is on the very quiet Kalju street in the
equally quiet environs of Kalamaja (which literally means 'fish house') in
the north-east of the district of
Põhja-Tallinn, itself situated to the north-west of central Tallinn.
The limestone church was built 1902 to a design by Konstantin Wilcken to serve the local Russian
Baptist congregation - the oldest in Tallinn -
and to highlight this, its announcements board is written entirely in Russian.
Bethel Lutheran Church (Peeteli kirik) in Tallinn is at Preesi
5/7, a quiet backstreet in the Pelguranna district of Tallinn. It is
the smallest church in the capital city, being established in 1927.
A decade passed by before the building of the church began when the
foundation stone was laid on 13 June 1937. The first services were
held in 1938, before the church was consecrated on 28 August. The
church was forcibly closed by the Soviet authorities, but is now
back in service.
The Prayer House of the Moravian Brothers
is at Endla 68 in the district of Kristiine, the only religious building
here or in neighbouring Mustamäe, both of which were essentially
creations of the era of Soviet Russian occupation. During the
fifties and sixties, a huge number of apartment blocks were built
here to cater for the large manpower stocks the Communist
authorities required. Now, this small church house sits on a busy
and noisy main thoroughfare.