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Tallinn, Harjumaa Maakond, Estonia
 

Mustpeade Maja

[Tallinn House of Black Heads]

 

—PIKK 26 —

 
Mustpeade Maja Marker image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, May 28, 2012
1. Mustpeade Maja Marker
Inscription.
Text in Estoninan: ...

Text in English:
The Tallinn Brotherhood of Black Heads, established in 1399, leased the Pikk Street building in 1517 and added a big festive hall to it in 1531-32, the initial ornament paintings of which can still be seen in the windows.

In 1597, the façade was renovated by the builder-stonecutter Arent Passer. In addition to the coat of arms of the brotherhood that bears the picture of St. Mauritius, the stone décor also represents the portraits of the landlords, King Sigismund III and Queen Anna; the coat of arms of Tallinn’s partner factories in the Hanseatic League, the Steelyard in London, Peterscourt in Novgorod, the Oosterlinghuis in Brugges and Tyskebryggen in Bergen; above these, Black Heads on a tournament, Justitia (Justice), Pax (Peace) and Christ Almighty can be seen. The rooms in the House of Black Heads and Olev’s Guild were modernized between 1908-1922.

 
Erected by City of Tallinn.
 
Location. 59° 26.332′ N, 24° 44.784′ E. Marker is in Tallinn, Harjumaa Maakond. Marker is on Pikk Street just north of Hobusepea. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 26 Pikk Street, Tallinn, Harjumaa Maakond 664 8800, Estonia.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other
Mustpeade Maja [Tallinn House of Black Heads] image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, May 28, 2012
2. Mustpeade Maja [Tallinn House of Black Heads]
markers are within walking distance of this marker. Suurgildi Hoone ( about 90 meters away, measured in a direct line); Tallinn Town Hall - Anno 1404 ( about 210 meters away); The Historic Centre (Old Town) of Tallinn ( about 210 meters away); Residence of Konstantin Päts ( approx. 0.4 kilometers away); British Royal Navy in the Estonian War of Independence ( approx. 0.4 kilometers away); Polish Submarine "ORZEŁ" - September 1939 ( approx. 0.4 kilometers away); Mälestusmärk “Katkenud Liin” / “Broken Line” ( approx. half a kilometer away); Toompea Loss ( approx. 0.6 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Tallinn.
 
Also see . . .
1. Brotherhood of Blackheads. - its origins as a military organization and commercial association, unique in European history. (Submitted on July 1, 2012, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.) 

2. Saint Maurice (a.k.a. Moritz, Morris, or Mauritius). - legendary indigenous African and Christian leader of Rome's Theban Legion - martyred in Roman Agaunum, the modern Saint-Maurice, Switzerland, in the 3rd century, A.D. (Submitted on July 1, 2012, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.) 

3. House of the Blackheads - Riga, Latvia. (Submitted on July 1, 2012, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
 
Additional keywords.
Coats of arms at entrance to <i>Mustpeade Maja</i> featuring images (above & below) image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, May 28, 2012
3. Coats of arms at entrance to Mustpeade Maja featuring images (above & below)
of their patron saint, the indigenous African, Saint Maurice.
"Blackheads"; Saint Maurice; Saint Moritz; Saint Morris; Saint Mauritius; Indigenous Africans
 
Categories. Fraternal or Sororal OrganizationsIndustry & CommerceMilitaryNotable Persons
 
Welcome signage adjacent to the <i>Mustpeade Maja</i> image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, May 28, 2012
4. Welcome signage adjacent to the Mustpeade Maja
Saint Maurice - statue in Magdenburg, Germany at the "Cathedral of Saints Catherine and Maurice". image. Click for full size.
5. Saint Maurice - statue in Magdenburg, Germany at the "Cathedral of Saints Catherine and Maurice".
Created around A.D. 1250, it is considered to be the first realistic depiction of an ethnic African in Europe.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 1, 2012, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. This page has been viewed 579 times since then and 30 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on July 1, 2012, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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