Gothic Portals & Gables of Tallinn

Part Four: Gothic Portals on Later Façades


39. Portal on Dunkri 9

Early 15th century

This was originally a more modest merchant’s house. Its current look is from the 18th century. On the ground floor there is a Gothic portal with a Baroque door.



40. Portal on Pikk 7

Probably mid-15th century

The façade of this building is dominated by two big Gothic windows and a portal between them. Above the portal there is a circular niche surrounded by a belt of text (cf. the town hall).



41. Portal on Pikk 55

Second half of 15th century

On the 18th-century façade we find the original Gothic portal of the building. The door is Baroque.


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42. Side portal of the Scheel Bank building

Suur-Karja 1

This Historicist building was designed by Wilhelm Neumann and Otto Schott in 1902-1904 and was expanded in 1922-1924. It has a sophisticated look, because the architects consciously used elements typical to the Gothic architecture of Tallinn in its design and made direct references to the surrounding buildings (for example, the gable of the Bishop’s House and the spire of the Town Hall). The portal on the side of the Suur-Karja Street is from 1498. Its excellent Baroque door is from 1665. In the pre-existing structure, the portal was located on the side of the Old Market.


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43. Portal on Rüütli 2

15th century

This is another remarkable Gothic entrance portal in Tallinn.



44. Portal on Pikk 51

15th century

This building was formed when the original merchant’s house was built together with the adjacent gatehouse. On the current façade there is a well-preserved late-Gothic portal.


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45. Portal on Pikk 45

15th century

This building was the residence of a well-off citizen. It had a sharp front gable, a pointed-arch entrance portal, and the typical dieledornse ground plan.



46. Portal and windows on Vene 17


The current building is from the first quarter of the 18th century, when a Gothic merchant’s house was joined with the adjacent granary and new parts were added. The Gothic building dates from 1506. It had an asymmetric façade on which dominated a pointed-arch portal and a decorative double window of the entrance hall (diele). These structures are now exposed on the 18th-century façade.

The impost of the portal is decorated with symbolic figures of lions (cf. the portal of the Chapel of Saint Anthony of the Church of Saint Nicholas).


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47. Portal and window on Kinga 7

16th century

The 1920 building by Ernst Gustav Kühnert on Pikk 4-8 hides, on the side the Kinga Street, a Gothic portal and a big rectangular window in the background of an unplastered decorative wall. The straight imposts of the portal reveal the coats-of-arms of the family of the owner.



48. Portal on Vene 16

This building has two Baroque bay windows and a relatively wide Gothic entrance portal. I haven’t been able to find any information about the history of this building.



49. Portal on Vene 4

I was unable to find any information about the buildings that stood here before the current one and which the exposed fragment of the portal must have been part of. The door is Neoclassical.