The spectacle of Pirita’s Bridgettine Convent ruins

by Gigi Griffis
Pirita convent

Settled just above the Pirita River, this collection of ruins is all that’s left of one of northern Europe’s largest convents. Built in 1407 and destroyed in the late 1500s by Ivan the Terrible, today it’s been partly excavated and you can wander the graveyard, excavations, and old interior. 

I’m told there are sometimes concerts here, which would be a lot of fun.

Daytime visiting hours are currently 12:00 to 16:00 (this may be because of the virus, though, as the online sources that say it opens at 10 are incorrect as of May 30, 2020) and there was no entry fee when we went. 

If you want to make a day of it, the forest behind the ruins is a lovely place to wander for a few hours. 

All photos taken with my Sony a6000.

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