Tallinn, Order of St Birgitta trying to reach agreement on use of convent ({{contentCtrl.commentsTotal}})

The ruins of Pirita Convent.
The ruins of Pirita Convent. Source: ERR

The Order of St Birgitta has sent proposals to Tallinn City Government about how cooperation and events should be organized in future at the ruins of Pirita Convent (Pirita klooster). The order only wants events which suit the venue to be held there in the future.

In March, the city of Tallinn and the Order of St. Bridget decided to suspend the right to use the ruins of Pirita Convent for two months during a dispute. Now so much time has passed that the Order has sent its proposals to the city, "Aktuaalne kaamera" reported on Sunday.

Spokesman for the convent Ott Rätsep said there are many suggestions but the most important thing is that events continue to take place in the ruins which fit the venue.

"We want to make sure that all the behavior there is environmentally friendly, that it takes into account everything from garbage to possible noise pollution. There has been talk of using the ruins as a place of entertainment, [and] how we understand that [definition of] entertainment," Rätsep said.

Mayor of Tallinn Mihhail Kõlvart (Center) agrees that not all events are suitable to be held between the convent's walls.

Kõlvart said: "There have been a lot of different events in the past, which may not even have a sacred meaning. But in the future, I do not rule out that the city's approach may be even more conservative than the Order's approach. Such things as principals should be agreed on together."

During church holidays, the Order of St. Bridget has used both the new convent building and the ruins at the same time and want to continue doing so. 

An ecumenical service will take place in the ruins on June 23. Pilgrims from other countries can also visit the ruins of Pirita Convent, and the Order wants the gates to remain open to them. 

The mayor considers a joint agreement between the convent and the city possible. "Of course, this will take some time, but I repeat once again that we still have a common understanding," said Kõlvart.

The quarrel between Pirita Convent and the district arose from the fact that if the city and the Order had previously run the ruins together, at the beginning of March the government of Pirita district announced that it would start organizing events in the ruins itself from April 1. 

The Order of St Birgitta think they should also have the right to decide what events take place in the ruins of the monastery.


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